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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: 20,525 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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16 of 17 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 July 2014
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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
By Retired Opera Singer - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Academic at best 29 April 2007
By R. Glaser - Published on Amazon.com
These performances were way below what one would expect from La Scala. Though my least favorite of the Trittico was always 'Tabarro', it's the best one here as far as set, performances and direction. The three leads were all good, but the direction was adequate at best and besides, it's still the weakest of the trio and least performed for that reason.

Suor Angelica had a good orchestral performance, but that was it. I'd never seen Plowright live and based on this would avoid any performance she was in. The few high notes she did get (and they were few) were short and harsh as if she were a mezzo asked to hit a high C. The staging was grand but in an inappropriate way. It looked more like a stark palace than a cloistered convent. The ending was such a disappointment to me since I'd seen Scotto do this at the Met. Though I never liked the idea that the miracle is only seen by Angelica and not the audience, it requires an astounding performance to pull that off. Lastly the Gianni Schicci production gave me the sense that I was watching a production as staged by a 2nd rate Music College. Adequate, predictable, and limited. As if there were a bunch of musicians and theater people who got together to do something that they had never done before and, though talented, had no inspiration to do something special with it. It's as if they new it was a comedy, but had never seen one before.

There are a number of recordings out there and all are better than this.

If the current new production (2007) at the Met ever goes to DVD, I'd pay $100 for it without blinking an eye. There, a standard has been set.
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