Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Il trittico. It was last on stage 25 February—15 March 2016 as part of the Winter 2015/16 season.
Three one-act operas tell contrasting stories of jealousy and murder, loss and suicide, romance and cheerful trickery.
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.
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 production was the first complete performance of Il trittico at Covent Garden in 46 years. Moving from the grimy banks of the Seine to a children’s hospital and from there to a garish apartment in 1950s Italy, Jones matches the eclectic range of Puccini’s music in a production of great verve and invention.
News and features
1 March 2016
Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.
26 February 2016
What did you think of Richard Jones' Royal Opera production of Puccini's triptych?
19 February 2016
Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.
11 February 2016
Lauretta’s lovely little aria is key in shaping the black comedy of Gianni Schicchi, the final opera in Puccini’s triptych.
10 February 2016
Our quick introduction to Puccini’s trio of short operas, bringing together the dramatic, tragic and comedic best of this giant of Italian opera.
1 February 2016
American soprano will replace Martina Serafin in the role of Giorgetta in Il tabarro.