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Director Richard Jones (Meistersingers of Nuremberg) was once the controversial enfant terrible of British opera, but since the turn of the century he has steadily grown into one of the most widely admired. His production of Il trittico, first performed in 2011 and now revived for the Royal Opera House’s winter season, is fast becoming a beloved standard. Forsaking the completely different settings of the libretto, Jones updates the action to the crumbling post-war Europe of neo-realist cinema.
The triad starts begins at its most wrenching, with the verismo tragedy Il tabarro, set on the river Seine. It surrounds the simple story of infidelity with economic business concerns, leading to a bloody climax and ambiguous end. It is like one of Puccini’s great tragedies in miniature. Lucio Gallo, baritone, returns in the lead role of the barge-owner Michele, joined by Martina Serafin (Tosca) as his unfaithful wife Giorgetti and tenor Carl Tanner as her lover Luigi.
Suor Angelica is the part of the trio least performed, although it was Puccini’s favourite. Set in a convent, it shows a nun’s struggle with her past and with fully embracing her faith. As well as being one of opera’s psychological triumphs, it is a marvelous account of the quotidian of religious life. And although tragic in form, it does offer some redemptive hope. Soprano Ermonela Jaho (La traviata, La rondine) stars in the title role.
The final piece, Gianni Schicchi, is the jig after the bloodbath. Based on a character fleetingly mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, it sees a Florentine noble family turn to a less blue-blooded trickster to falsify a dead man’s will. If not quite the blackest of comedies, this is certainly a macabre treat. Lucio Gallo takes the title role, supported by soprano Susanna Hurrell and tenor Paolo Fanale as his daughter and her lover.
|What||Il trittico, Royal Opera House|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
25 Feb 16 – 15 Mar 16, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Royal Opera House|