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 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.
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
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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