Rebecca Evans as Nella, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Robert Poulton as Marco, Elena Zilio as Zita, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Marie McLaughlin as La Ciesca and Jeremy White as Betto Di Signa in Gianni Schicchi ? ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Il trittico

519 June 2020
5 – 19 June 2020

Online premiere: Friday 5 June 2020 at 7pm BST, broadcast free online as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series.

Contrast is the essence of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic triptych,?Il trittico. The one-act works that form the trilogy –?Il tabarro,?Suor Angelica?and?Gianni Schicchi?– range from gritty melodrama to life-affirming comedy. While each opera stands alone, the three come together to create a sense of a complete event, rich in textures and musical forms.

Director Richard Jones matches the eclectic range of Puccini’s music in a production of great verve and invention, moving from the grimy banks of the Seine to a children’s hospital and from there to a garish apartment in 1950s Italy.

Il trittico?had its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in December 1918. The trilogy was performed in full at Covent Garden in 1920 and again in 1965. Richard Jones’s acclaimed 2011 production was the first complete performance of?Il trittico?at Covent Garden in 46 years.


With warm thanks to

Season Principal Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Susan A. Olde and all the supporters of The Royal Opera.

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Il tabarro?is a tale of jealousy and murder between Michele, his young wife Giorgetta and her lover Luigi, set aboard a barge on the Seine.

Suor Angelica?tells the story of the nun Angelica’s familial loss, sacrifice and suicide.

Gianni Schicchi?is an opera full of trickery, greed and romance as a family dispute breaks out over a missing will.


ConductorAntonio Pappano

Michele (Il tabarro)Lucio Gallo

Giorgetta (Il tabarro)Eva-Maria Westbroek

Suor AngelicaErmonela Jaho

Gianni SchicchiLucio Gallo

ChorusRoyal Opera Chorus

OrchestraOrchestra of the Royal Opera House


MusicGioacomo Puccini

Libretto (Il tabarro)Giuseppe Adami

Libretto (Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi)Giovacchino Forzano

DirectorRichard Jones

Set designer (Il tabarro)Ultz

Set designer (Suor Angelica)Miriam Buether

Set designer (Gianni Schicchi)John MacFarlane

Costume designsNicky Gillibrand

Lighting designer (Il tabarro and Suor Angelica)D.M. Wood

Lighting designer (Gianni Schicchi)Mimi Jordan Sherin

Movement director (Il tabarro and Suor Angelica)Sarah Fahie

Choreography (Gianni Schicchi)Lucy Burge


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