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.
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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.
Libretto (Il tabarro)Giuseppe Adami
Libretto (Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi)Giovacchino Forzano
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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