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This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
An evening of dramatic power and emotional range: Richard Jones presents a vibrant production of Puccini’s trio of operas.
Giorgetta, the wife of Michele, a Parisian barge owner, has fallen in love with Luigi, one of her husband’s stevedores – though Michele is growing increasingly suspicious.
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Giacomo Puccini’s triptych of operas, Il trittico, opens with Il tabarro (The Cloak) – a taut 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 rippling waters of the Seine – a musical motif that runs throughout the opera. 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.
News and features
4 June 2015
The Italian composer created some of opera’s most enchanting romances.
Watch: Nicola Luisotti on Puccini – ‘You can learn more from one of Puccini’s scores than from books’27 May 2015
The conductor discusses the composer’s deceptive genius, and how best to approach his operas.
1 May 2015
This month the focus falls on our favourite DVD and CD recordings featuring Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
15 April 2015
Highlights this Season include a new Royal Opera production of Chabrier’s delightful comedy L’Etoile, Will Tuckett's Elizabeth and a Royal Ballet mixed programme devoted entirely to work by Christopher Wheeldon.
15 April 2015
Details of The Royal Opera’s 2015/16 Season have been announced.
21 May 2014
From Nagasaki harbour to the wide-open plains of Louisiana, Puccini was a master of evoking a sense of place.
Il tabarro (The Cloak) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on Didier Gold's play La houppelande. It is the first of the trio of operas known as Il trittico. The first performance was given on 14 December 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.