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Il trittico at the Royal Opera House – 25th February to 15th March 2016



Nicola Luisotti conducts Puccini’s trio of operas with three world-class casts, in an acclaimed production by Richard Jones. Il trittico is a trilogy of one-act operas: Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi which explores themes of jealousy, murder, loss, suicide and romance.

Giacomo Puccini’s triptych of operas, Il trittico, opens with Il tabarro (The Cloak) – a melodrama set in working-class Paris. It is based on the play La Houppelande by the French playwright Didier Gold, which Puccini saw in 1912. The libretto was created by Giuseppe Adami, with whom Puccini also collaborated on La rondine.

Il tabarro opens with an evocation of the waters of the Seine, The river is also powerfully represented in Ultz’s stage designs, which re-create the moored barges and tall, soot-blackened buildings lining the Seine. The Royal Opera’s production opened in 2011 as part of the first complete staging of Il trittico at Covent Garden since 1965.

The second instalment in Giacomo Puccini’s triptych of operas, Il trittico, is Suor Angelica in which Director Richard Jones sets Angelica’s story in a mid-20th-century children’s hospital, where the sisters tend to their young patients on a busy ward – a painful reminder of Angelica’s own child. Suor Angelica contains some of Puccini’s most poignant music, including Angelica’s aria ‘Senza mamma’, in which she expresses her grief after receiving devastating news.

Gianni Schicchi is the final work in this contrasting triple bill of operas, Il trittico and Richard Jones’s production places the action in Italy in the mid-20th century and John Macfarlane’s designs provide a lively backdrop for the twists and turns of the plot. The score displays a kaleidoscope of different musical styles, including Lauretta’s famous aria, ‘O mio babbino caro’, in which she begs her father to intervene to help her marry her sweetheart Rinuccio, and the grand comic ensemble in which Schicchi impersonates the dying Buoso and remakes his will.

Running times

Approximately three hours and 55 minutes, including two 25-minute intervals


Sung in Italian with English surtitles

If you would like further information, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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