Il Trittico

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Opens

June 02, 2017

Tickets available on March 13 to OCM members (above $100 level) and on March 20 to the general public. 

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Il Trittico (Triptych) is fully staged with orchestra conducted by Michael Sakir. It includes three one-act operas: Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, and Suor Angelica.

Length of Il Trittico: 3-1/2 hours (including 2 intermissions)

Tickets for Il Trittico will go on sale on March 13 to OCM Members (above $100 level) and on March 20 to the general public.

MAY 21 – SUNDAY

5 pm – Meet the Singers
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May 31 – WEDNESDAY

7 pm – Special performance for local high school students
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JUNE 2 – FRIDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – Il Trittico Opening Night and Post-Performance Reception
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JUNE 4 – SUNDAY

1 pm – Pre-performance talk
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2 pm – Il Trittico
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JUNE 8 – THURSDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
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7:30 pm – Il Trittico 
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JUNE 10 – SATURDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – Il Trittico 
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The Cast of 
Il Trittico 

(Triptych)

Please see a listing of the Artistic and Technical Staff under About.

Il Tabarro:

Michele Corey  Crider
Giorgetta Eleni Calenos
Luigi Matthew Vickers
Tinca Joshua Collier
Talpa Jeffrey Beruan
La Frugola Margaret Gawrysiak
Young Lover Suzanne Kantorski
Young Lover Matt Morgan
Song Seller David Tetreault
Midinettes  Sarah Cullins
  Victoria Drew
  Stephanie Scarcella
  Erin Grainger

 

Gianni Schicchi:

Gianni Schicchi Joshua Jeremiah
Lauretta Jenna Siladie
Zita Margaret Gawrysiak
Rinuccio Matt Morgan
Gherardo Joshua Collier
Nella Bevin Hill
Betto di Signa Kian Freitas
Simone Jeffrey Beruan
Marco Corey Crider
La Ciesca Alissa Anderson
Physician & Notary Christopher Holmes
Witness Stephanie Scarcella
Witness Erin Grainger
Gherardino Nathaniel McVeigh
Buoso Donati David Clark

 

Suor Angelica:

Sister Angelica Suzanne Kantorski
The Princess Alissa Anderson
The Monitress Margaret Gawrysiak
Sister Genovieffa Jenna Siladie
Sister Osmina Bevin Hill
Sister Dolcina Eleni Calenos
Mistress of the Novices Cathy Walsh
First Lay Sister/First Tourière Sarah Cullins
Second Lay Sister/Nursing Sister Stephanie Scarcella
Second Tourière Victoria Drew
Other Sisters Clara Cavitt
  Erin Grainger
Novices Mahalya Gogerly-Moragoda
  Jessica Allen
  Victoria Drew

 

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Hailed by Opera News for her “deliciously over the top” and “powerful mezzo” Alissa Anderson wields her comic prowess, striking features, and powerful vocalism to great acclaim. Alissa recently sang Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights, Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Concordia University Symphony Orchestra, and La Zia Principessa/Zita in Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi with Opera Santa Barbara. Additional operatic highlights include Cleo in The Most Happy Fella, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Emilia in Otello and Lampito in Lysistrata. In the 2016-2017 season Alissa makes debuts with San Diego Opera as Tisbe in La Cenerentola and North Carolina Opera as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and joins Opera Southwest for their New Year’s Eve concert. Upcoming: Alissa sings the title role of La tragédie de Carmen with Opera Birmingham.

Website: alissaandersoncontralto.com

 

 

A rising young artist, bass Jeffrey Beruan possesses a sonorous voice and dramatic intensity. His 2016-17 schedule includes two roles debuts: Tutor in Le Comte Ory with LoftOpera and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with GLOW, as well as reprises of the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Bonze with Austin Opera. Recent operatic highlights include Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Zuniga in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; King in Aïda, Don Fernando in Fidelio,and Ferrando in Il trovatore for Sarasota Opera; Reverend Baines in Elmer Gantry and Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Florentine Opera; and the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking and Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea for Madison Opera. The 2017-18 brings his role debut as Gesler in Guillaume Tell and a return to Florentine Opera for The Magic Flute.

Website: ada-artists.com/bass-jeffrey-beruan

 

Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics’ and audiences’ admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her lyric voice and her dignified characterizations. Most recently Ms. Calenos returned to Odyssey Opera as L’Infante in Massenet’s Le Cid and to Palm Beach Opera as Micäela in Carmen, made her Madison Opera debut as Mimi in La bohème, and role debuts of Desdemona in Otello with the Phoenicia Music Festival and the title role in Tosca with Loft Opera. In concert she sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and Queens Collegeand joined the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra for Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore. The 2016-17 season also includes her return to Shreveport Opera as Mimi in La bohème, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Queens College Choral Society, Tosca with Opera Idaho, and a return to Opera Company of Middlebury for her role debut of Giorgetta in Il tabarro.

Website: elenicalenos.com

 

 

Tenor Joshua Collier was hailed as “a great Italian tenor on the make” by Classical Scene in his June 2016 role debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, and lauded by the classical Voice of North Carolina for his “exceptionally pleasing tone, and excellent command of [his] high range.” He is equally comfortable with new music, opera, operetta, musical theater, and oratorio. This winter, Mr. Collier was an advanced studio artist with Sarasota Opera (FL) where he performed in Madama Butterfly and The Dialogues of the Carmelites. He will appear as the role of Ibarra in Opera Brittenica’s (Boston) production of the Filipino opera, Noli Me Tangere in June, and in August will perform his role debut of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Vermont Lyric Theatre. Mr. Collier is proud to be represented by Berger Artist Management. Full details of his performance schedule, as well as links to past performances may be found at bergerartists.com/joshuacollier.

Website: JRCTenor.com

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An alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, baritone Corey Crider recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, having previously appeared with the company as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Larkens in La fanciulla del West. Additional recent highlights include Sweeney Todd with Madison Opera and Opera Roanoke, Marcello in La bohème with the Munich Philharmonic and Arizona Opera, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In the 2016-17 season Corey adds two important roles to his repertoire: Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff and the title role in Rigoletto. Additionally, he sings Scarpia in Tosca for both Intermountain Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, and returns to Opera Roanoke to perform his acclaimed Emile DeBeque in South Pacific. Upcoming Corey reprises his Escamillo with Madison Opera and returns to Roanoke for La bohème.

Website: coreycriderbaritone.com

 

Sarah Cullins

Soprano Sarah Cullins divides her time between performing opera, oratorio and symphonic works and singing Latin American and Spanish repertoire as a member of the 8 Cuerdas duo and The Piazzolla Project quartet. While living in Bogota, Colombia for 10 years, she was a frequent soloist with the country’s major orchestras and opera companies, performing the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adèle in Die Fledermaus and Musetta in La bohème. She also founded and led the voice and opera program at the nationally renowned Universidad Central. Since returning to her native Vermont in 2013, Sarah sang the role of Edith in the Vermont tour of Eric Nielson’s opera, A Fleeting Animal, and is thrilled to now be involved in her sixth production with OCM. She is on the voice faculty of the University of Vermont and maintains a private studio in Burlington.

Websites: sarahcullins.com or 8cuerdas.com

 

 

Bass-baritone Kian Freitas is gaining acclaim for his voice that “soars easily over the orchestra,” commanding stage presence, and insightful interpretations in both opera and concert. His repertoire embraces the romantic Italian repertoire (Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Ferrando in Il trovatore, Schaunard in La bohème, Angelotti in Tosca, Lo zio Bonzo in Madama Butterfly); French opera (Escamillo in Carmen, Le Bailli in Werther); Mozart (the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Masetto, Leporello, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte); and 20th-century American works (Olin Blitch in Susannah, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land). During the 2016–17 season, Mr. Freitas joined Opera San José to both cover and perform Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and made his debut with the South Dakota Symphony as Leporello in Don Giovanni. He makes his debut with Opera Company of Middlebury in Il trittico.

Website: kianfreitasbassbaritone.com

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Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano, has recently performed Mistress Hibbons in the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter with Opera Colorado; Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, Gertrude/Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Virginia Opera; Marquise in La fille du Régiment with Arizona Opera; Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera; Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera; Ježibaba in Rusalka with North Carolina Opera; Frugola in Il tabarro with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Baba the Turk/Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Wolf Trap Opera. She was a member of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Margaret has won awards from the Sullivan Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Geneseo, IL is her hometown.

 

 

Bevin HillSoprano Bevin Hill is gaining attention as a performer of great charm and charisma in a variety of leading roles. Particularly cherished for her comedic gifts, Ms. Hill has memorably been lauded as a “rubber-kneed goddess of slapstick.” A beloved guest artist of Opera Company of Middlebury, Ms. Hill has appeared with the company as Papagena in The Magic Flute, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Léïla (cover) in Les pêcheurs de perles, Lisette in La rondine, and in the company’s 10th Anniversary Concert. During the 2016–17 season, Ms. Hill made her debuts with Missouri’s Heartland Opera Theatre as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Florida’s First Coast Opera in a double bill of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Tucker & Sheeley’s The Trial of B. B. Wolf. Ms. Hill has fulfilled young artist residencies with Opera Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Opera Company of Middlebury.

Website: bevinhill.com

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A “powerful, melodious baritone” with “soul and passion” are the enthusiastic reviews being received by baritone Christopher Holmes. Outstanding musicianship and a rapidly expanding repertoire are establishing this baritone as an artist in demand. With over 35 operatic roles to his credit, Christopher has been featured with Austin Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Opera, San Antonio Opera, Utah Symphony and Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. As a full-lyric baritone, Holmes encompasses a large range of roles from Mozart’s Figaro, Guglielmo and Papageno and also beginning to make his mark in the Verdi repertoire with such roles as Di Luna, Renato, and Rigoletto. His Germont was praised as “with crystal clear enunciation, truly polished, controlled, professional and superb.” Having made his international debut in Italy as a guest of Opera Orvieto in the role of Don Giovanni, Holmes received music degrees from the conservatory at Oberlin College and Temple University.

Website: musicagrandeartists.com/christopher-holmes—baritone.html

 

 

Joshua Jeremiah returns to OCM for his third season with the company where he was heard last summer in the title role of Macbeth. This season includes: a concert version Pacific Rim tour with NYCO (Carmen); debut role of Col Von Kalle (Mata Hari) with PROTOTYPE Festival and a debut with LA Opera; Riders of the Purple Sage, Arizona Opera; Iago (Otello); and Ford (Falstaff) with Resonance Opera. Other activities have included: Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hawai’i Opera Theater; title role of Rigoletto, Arizona Opera; Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana); Escamillo (Carmen); Sharpless (Madama Butterfly); John Sorel (The Consul), Opera Santa Barbara; Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Mostly Mozart Festival; Don Pedro (La Périchole), and Deputy Mayor (Anna Nicole), New York City Opera; and Athanaël (Thaïs), Opera Co. of Middlebury. He debuted the title role in John Musto’s Volpone at Wolf Trap Opera receiving a Grammy Nomination for Best Opera in 2010.

Website: alpha-artists.com/joshua-jeremiah

 

 

Suzanne Kantorski is an award-winning performer who has appeared in leading operatic roles, as a concert soloist, interpreter of new music compositions, as well as on television programs, and in feature films worldwide. She is also a member of an innovative performance ensemble, Quintus 4, which is slated to launch in late 2017. Ms. Kantorski is a collegiate educator, music researcher, lecturer, and writer and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Schulich School of McGill University. She has been a featured guest in discussions and performances about opera, and new music, and film on nationally syndicated radio programs such as NPR’s “Sound Check” with John Schaefer, WQXR with Brian Wise, and VPR’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.” This is Suzanne’s fifth operatic appearance with OCM.

Website: suzannekantorski.com

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Tenor Matt Morgan returns to Opera Company of Middlebury having previously appeared in La rondine and The Pearl Fishers. With New York City Opera he has performed Rameau’s Platee, Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Mines of SulphurThe Little Prince, L’etoile, and The Pirates of Penzance. Following his debut with Florentine Opera as Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry he returned to the company for Goro in Madama Butterfly and Drouet in the World Premiere of Sister Carrie. Additional operatic highlights include the title role in Candide, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Laurie in Little Women, Camille in The Merry Widow, Curly in Of Mice and Men and Tony in West Side Story. With American Opera Projects he created the role of Pan in the world premiere of The Judgment of Mind and performed Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Website: mattmorgantenor.com

 

 

Mezzo Soprano Stephanie Scarcella was last seen at Opera Company of Middlebury as Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri. Other operatic roles in her repertoire include Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Dorthee (Cendrillon), Arsamene (Serse), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Piti Sing (The Mikado). Equally at home in concert repertoire, she has performed mezzo solos in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium, Carissimi’s Jepthe, Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Michael Haydn’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Zelenka’s Magnificat. Stephanie has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera on Tap and St. Petersburg Opera. Stephanie received her BM in Vocal Performance, and MM in Opera from The Boston Conservatory. She was a New Orleans District Winner for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011, and a Semi-Finalist (Young Artist in 2013 and Graduate in 2011) for The Classical Singer Magazine Competition in 2010.

Website: stephaniescarcella.com

 

 

Soprano Jenna Siladie has been succinctly acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as “an ebullient soprano with great stage presence” who “sparkled.” The 2016–17 season witnessed Ms. Siladie making a series of role and company debuts. In December 2016, she performed the role of Margery Campbell in the New York workshop of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, under the joint auspices of Boston Lyric Opera and Music Theatre Group. She began 2017 with her first foray into the belcanto repertoire, joining St. Petersburg Opera to cover Adina in their production of L’elisir d’amore. She makes her Opera Company of Middlebury debut in the current production of Il trittico, enhancing her Puccinian credentials in the roles of a midinette in Il tabarro, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Siladie has fulfilled two seasons of young artist residency with Santa Fe Opera and has been honored by the company’s Campbell Wachter Memorial Award.

Website: jennasiladie.com

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This season, American tenor Matthew Vickers performs the role of Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re with Sarasota Opera, Sam in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Opera Roanoke, and the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Ashlawn Opera. Earlier this season, he performed the role of Don José in Carmen with Opera Western Reserve and covered the role of Canio in Pagliacci with Virginia Opera. Future roles include his debut as Arnold in Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest as well as return engagements with Opera Western Reserve as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarasota Opera as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, and Opera Roanoke. In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Vickers made his Sarasota Opera debut as Arrigo in Verdi’s La battaglia di Legnano, stepping in for an ailing colleague; took part in the east coast premiere of Faccio’s Amleto with Opera Delaware as Laertes, and performed the title role in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Boston Midsummer Opera. 

 

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Ensemble

 

 

Jessica Allen performed as part of a twelve-person cast in the Vermont opera A Fleeting Animal by Erik Nielsen in September 2015. Performances with the Opera Company of Middlebury include three Puccini operas: La Bohème (2008), La Rondine (2011), and now Il Trittico.

 

 

Clara Cavitt moved to Vermont in 1979. She sings with Maple Jam (a cappella jazz) and The Vermont Choral Union. Clara sang in the chorus of the Green Mountain Opera Festival productions of Carmen (2011) and La Bohème (2012). She has also sung with the VSO Chorus, Burlington Choral Society, and Oriana Singers.

 

 

Based in Vermont, Victoria Drew is a lyric soprano with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from UVM and a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music. She teaches singing privately and for St. Michael’s College, and plays the accordion, piano, and trumpet professionally. When not performing with companies throughout Vermont, you can find Victoria running BNI Vermont as its Executive Director.

 

 

Mezzo-Soprano Mahalya Gogerly-Moragoda returns to OCM after playing the third spirit in The Magic Flute last October. Mahalya is a rising senior at the University of Vermont studying Microbiology and Molecular Genetics with hopes of attending medical school. She studies under Sarah Cullins and has been involved with the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus and the UVM Jazz Vocal Ensemble.

 

 

Canadian mezzo Erin Grainger has appeared as soloist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Middlebury Bach Festival, and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Roles include Ruth (Pirates of Penzance), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and Marcellina (Figaro), among others. She holds a Master’s degree from McGill University and has performed as a chorister with Opéra de Montréal.

 

 

David (DJ) Tetreault is celebrating his sophomore season with OCM after making his debut in the chorus of last season’s Macbeth. He studied voice at Saint Michael’s College and is currently working on his MFA in Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

 

 

Cathy Walsh has appeared with OCM and other Vermont companies in roles including Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Velma (Chicago), and many others. She is delighted by the chance to join this sisterhood of artists in Suor Angelica. Cathy is on the OCM Board of Directors, a hospice volunteer, and a newly minted Grammie, her favorite role yet.

Il Trittico (Triptych) 

 

ROLES:

Il Tabarro
Gianni Schicchi
Suor Angelica

SYNOPSES:

Il Tabarro
Gianni Schicchi
Suor Angelica

 

BACKGROUND

Il Trittico was begun just after Puccini had finished writing La Rondine (OCM’s Spring 2011 production). He had been enamored of composing three one-act operas to be performed in one evening but had been opposed by his publisher, Ricordi, who finally relented. Begun in 1915, the three operas were completed in early 1918 and the world première was given at the Metropolitan Opera in December of that year. The three operas are Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. They are generally presented in the ordered just stated, but director Doug Anderson has decided to reverse the order of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

 ROLES

Il Tabarro:

Michele, a barge-owner, baritone
Giorgetta, Michele’s wife, soprano
Luigi, a stevedore, tenor
‘Tinca’ (‘tench’-fish), a stevedore, tenor
‘Talpa’ (‘mole’), a stevedore, bass
La Frugola (‘the rummager’), Talpa’s wife, mezzo-soprano
Song Seller, tenor
Young Lovers, soprano and tenor

 Gianni Schicchi:

Gianni Schicchi, baritone
Lauretta, his daughter, soprano
Zita, cousin of Buoso Donati, contralto
Rinuccio, Zita’s nephew, tenor
Gherardo, Buoso’s nephew, tenor
Nella, Gherardo’s wife, soprano
Betto di Signa, Buoso’s brother-in-law, bass
Simone, cousin of Buoso, bass
Marco, Simone’s son, baritone
La Ciesca, Marco’s wife (age 38), mezzo-soprano
Maestro Spinelloccio, a doctor, bass
Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a notary, baritone
Pinellino, a cobbler, bass
Guccio, a dyer, bass
Gherardino, Nella & Gherardo’s son

Suor Angelica:

Sister Angelica, soprano
The Princess, her aunt, contralto
The Abbess, mezzo-soprano
The Monitress, mezzo-soprano
The Mistress of the Novices, mezzo-soprano
Sister Genovieffa, soprano
Sister Osmina, soprano
Sister Dolcina, soprano
The nursing sister, mezzo-soprano
The alms sisters, sopranos
A novice, soprano
The lay sisters, soprano and mezzo-soprano

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SYNOPSES

 

Il Tabarro (The Cloak) takes place on a barge in the Seine. Michele, the barge’s owner is married to Giorgetta, who has a secret lover, Luigi, one of the stevedores with whom she has arranged a tryst that night. Michele recognizes that his marriage is no longer satisfying to Giorgetta and he begs her to return to their former happiness. When she spurns him, he is convinced that she is unfaithful. Alone, Michele lights his pipe. When Luigi sees the light from Michele’s pipe, he thinks it is Giorgetta’s signal to him and rushes aboard the barge. Michele catches Luigi and forces him to confess his love for Giorgetta. He then strangles him and conceals him under his cloak. When Giorgetta returns, he reveals Luigi’s lifeless body.   https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

Gianni Schicchi  takes place in the bedroom of Buoso Donati, a rich old man who has just died. His relatives are gathered, each feigning grief to impress each other until a rumor that Buoso has left all his money to a monastery sends them into a frantic search for his will. Young Rinuccio finds it and refuses to give it up until the relatives agree that if he hands it over they will allow him to marry Lauretta, the daughter of Gianni Schicchi. They quickly agree but are disappointed when they find that Buoso has left all his money to the Church. Rinuccio suggests they turn the problem over to Gianni Schicchi who is well known for his cunning, even though the relatives scorn Schicchi’s ‘low birth.’ Lauretta begs her father to let her marry Rinuccio (‘O mio babbino caro’). Schicchi agrees and then tells all the relatives to hide Buoso’s death while he takes Buoso’s place in the bed and makes a new will bequeathing to them Buoso’s riches. A notary is summoned and Schicchi, imitating Buoso’s voice, dictates a new will granting the lion’s share of Buoso’s estate to ‘my devoted friend, Gianni Schicchi.’ Once the notary leaves, Schicchi drives the relatives from ‘my home,’ while Rinuccio and Lauretta sing of their love.

Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) takes place in a 17th-century Italian convent. As the curtain rises, the nuns are finishing their prayers. Sister Angelica tries unsuccessfully to hide her unhappiness. The Abbess tells Angelica that her aunt, a princess, has come to visit. The princess is cold to Angelica. We learn that Angelica has been put in the convent because she had an illegitimate child. The princess informs her that the child is dead, leaving Angelica weeping, now wishing she could die and join her child in Heaven (‘Senza Mamma’). Angelica drinks poison and then realizes that by killing herself she has ruined her chances of going to Heaven. She prays to the Madonna who suddenly appears, forgives her and brings her the child who will lead her into Heaven.

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The Music

Our own resident music expert, J. Scott Morrison, has compiled a list of his favorite recordings and videos of Puccini’s Il Trittico. We hope you enjoy them.

 

Audio CD

A performance led by Antonio Pappano and featuring Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and the inimitable José Van Dam as Gianni Schicchi.

 

A much older recording featuring Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Robert Merrill and Giulietta Simionato, conducted by Lamberto Gardelli. Sound is a bit cramped.

  

On YouTube

There are no videos of the complete Il trittico on YouTube.

Il Tabarro: With the incomparable Tito Gobbi  as Michele; in black & white; English subtitles.

Suor AngelicaFrom Seattle Opera; no subtitles.

Gianni SchicchiEnglish subtitles, conducted by Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House. Lucio Gallo (Schicchi), Ekaterina Siurina (Lauretta), Franco Demuro (Rinuccio).

Arias:

Senza Mamma (from Suor Angelica): with the meltingly beautiful singing of Renata Scotto

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi): Anna Netrebko, no subtitles but who cares?