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Puccini: Il Trittico [DVD] 
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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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Il Tabarro -- I really liked the multi level set of a Paris Quay. The cathedral in the background was a nice touch. The lighting change from day to night was very effective. Piero Cappuccilli was amazing in the role of Michele. One can get "lost" in the depths and beauty of his baritone voice.
Sour Angelica -- I would agree that the pace of this opera is very slow, but it builds emotionally as it examines the question of repentance -- how much, how long and for what sins. Other reviewers seem to have been bothered by the fact that Rosalind Plowright did not reach all of the high notes. However, I found her overall performance to be heartrending. The camera work clearly brings out her suffering and allows maximal emotional impact. I watched this performance three times in rapid succession and each time I was crying at the end.
Gianni Schicchi -- I have little to say about this production. The set is a single room. The only highlight was "o mio babbino caro"
In summary this DVD contains the entire Il Trittico -- a murder, a suicide and a forged will all in one evening. I cannot figure out the thematic linkage.
In the entire production there were only two things I didn't like. First, the murder scene at the end of Il Tabarro was a bit unconvincing, but I do not know what they could have done to make it better. The sight of a man singing while he is being strangled will always be a trifle unbelievable. My second problem was the costume the tenor in Gianni Schicci was wearing. It was very ugly and very effeminate.
However, both of these were relitivly minor problems and detracted hardly at all from my over all enjoyment.