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Puccini: Il Trittico [DVD] [2001]

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  • Writers: Giacomo Puccini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019HP2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Puccini's trio of mini-masterpieces, Il Trittico, features a melodrama (Il Tabarro), a sentimental piece (Suor Angelica) and finally a comedy (Gianni Schicchi). These three one-act operas feature some of the composer's most beautiful music.

Puccini's passionate and ruggedly realistic opera Il Tabarro (The cloak) is a tale of deception and murder along the banks of the Seine. Piero Cappuccilli is the Parisian bargeman Michele, Slyvia Sass his wife Giorgetta, and her lover Luigi is played by Nicola Martinucci.

In this production of Suor Angelica, British soprano Rosalind Plowright made her La Scala debut as the tragic Sister Angelica. Plowright and Dunja Vejzovich (her unforgiving aunt, the Principessa) give hauntingly memorable performances.

The comic Gianni Schicchi features Juan Pons as the wily character of the title.

Recorded in 1983 at La Scala, Milan. Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni.

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Trittico (Il)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment. 26 April 2010
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Given that he was such a composer for the theatre, it has always surprised me that Puccini embarked on a project that requires an audience to sit through the experience of watching three such disparate one act operas in one evening.There is no denying that the music for Il Tabarro is highly evocative,the confrontation between Suor Angelica and the aunt from hell is musical drama at its best and that Gianni Schicchi remains one of the glories of Italian comic opera, however given the poor quality of the picture on this dvd and the old fashioned nature of the sets the whole occasion lacks fire. There is some glorious signing paricularly from Sass and Cappuccilli in Tabarro and Juan Pons in the title role of Schicchi, but Plowright as Angelica in her La Scala debut, lacks the ethereal vocal quality required for the role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Puccini 18 April 2013
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A wonderful recording of my favourite Puccini opera (Il Tabarro) and excellent of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi as well.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, singing, production... 1 Feb 2000
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This is a beautiful production of Puccini's trio of short, one-act operas. Most underrated, and most impressive here, is the first piece, IL TABARRO, starring Piero Cappuccilli and legendary soprano/actress Sylvia Sass, both of whom perform with a high level of intensity, passion, tenderness and complexity. The music is gorgeous and fascinating, with some wonderful duets that come organically out of the story. Watch how the light gradually gets dimmer and dimmer as the opera progresses and as the story gets darker and darker.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YES and NO 20 Aug 2004
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I have always loved this threesome, though I also consider Schicchi the weakest of all Puccini works. It is great to have it available to see as well as to listen to. After many years of singing opera for a living, I know that I may tend to be a little "jaded". So, as brief as possible: the singing in these performances is really quite good and I will not try to compare with so many better on audio only! That said: The real drawback of this is the staging and acting - did I say act and opera in the same sentence? Tabarro goes along fine until the "murder and revelation". It makes "opera" look as stilted as we know it can be. I know only too well how difficult it is to sing high C and attempt to act, but this was filmed. Sour Angelica - beautifully sung, even if Plowright has a "different" voice for this role and lacks the top notes requied. I simply do not know what that visual ending was suppose to be. I watched this DVD, for the first time, with a novice who had gotten the full build-up from me: only to be befuddled at the end. Sometimes I think that the old fashioned ,statue turns revealing "live" Madonna and a child, is better, not high tech, but effective. This DVD is worth buying because it is the only way to hear and see these works that no longer seem to be in favor and to show others that there is more to the Trittico than just "O mia Babino caro"!
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravi! 17 April 2004
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Il Trittico di Puccini is a delight! IL TABARRO, though not a favorite of this opera devotee, is very well done here. I'm sure Puccini would be pleased with the acting and singing, especially of Cappuccilli and Sass. If there is a disappointment with the trio of little operas, it is Rosalind Plowright as SUOR ANGELICA. This is not a role for the usually splendid Plowright. It was quite a surprise to hear her take alternative low notes to the scored high ones, especially following the dramatic "Senza Mama, Bimbo." One expects to hear high Cs and D flats to be sung as written. The costumer is also faulted for a very sloppy headdress! That is inexculable! The compensation might be that the on-screen translation is quite good. GIANNI SCHICCHI is great fun! Juan Pons shone in the title role as the conniving Gianni! Surprising was the clever performance of dramatic mezzo-soprano Eleanora Jankovic Always to be counted on is the fine musicianship and understanding of Maestro Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Superior performances are part and parcel of the Chorus and Orchestrs of La Scala, Milano. They did not let any of us down with these three. Directing opera for Video requires an extraordinary talent! Brian Large has learned that craft well! For those who rate these three so low, the same who have given bad reviews to other great performances, I cannot help but wonder if theirs is a faulty piece of equipment. No reviewer worth his salt expects to gain total agreement. However, no one wants his artistic tastes to be demeaned. G.K. Brown, DMA Prof. of Music (Ret.)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sour angelica 9 Jun 2004
By Berna Basaran - Published on
I actually bought this dvd for Sour Angelica, especially for Plowright. I only knew famous excerpts of other two operas. I don't agree with the view that Plowright was miscasted. I'm her admirer since her La Forza recording and now have seen her stage performance. As for Gianni Schichi and Il Tabarro, Juan Pons and Cappucilli were on their peak.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best Trittico 3 Jan 2006
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I wish ALL acts of Il Trittico were more popular and more availible, but I am glad that these productions exist in order to provide more accessibility to such a wonderful set of operas. This production has its flaws, but then again what production doesn't? Tabarro is my favorite opera; and althought Sylvia Sass is a rather poor actress and her diction is less than articulate, her voice is quite nice as Giorgetta. Martinucci as Luigi does an admirable job with an extremely difficult role, but the real gem of the production is Piero Cappuccilli. Throughout the production Cappuccilli not only delivers the appropriate emotions, but he also delivers some of the most beautiful and menacing singing. His ending plea to Giorgetta is amazing, and "Nulla, silenzio" is perhaps at the finest I have heard it. This is a wonderful production with Cappuccilli; and even though the acting is not the best at times and even though it COULD be better, this production is more than is GREAT

Suor Angelica is wonderful, but Plowright was not meant for that role. Angelica needs to be light, agile, and able to sing the C's and D's which are MEANT to be sung. All in all this is a good production, but I would have liked to see a better Angelica.

Gianni Schicchi is, as others have said, good but not great. It is loud for most of the production, but the wonderful Juan Pons delivers a superb performance as Gianni. The other roles are satisfactory and the story gets across to the audience. Once again this could have been better, but I enjoyed what was performed.

All in all this really is a set of good performances which are highlighted by Cappuccilli and Pons. I would suggest this DVD to anyone interested in developing a love for Tabarro and for anyone wishing to see three good performance of Puccini's Il Trittico.
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