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Puccini: Il Trittico [DVD] [2001]

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  • Writers: Giacomo Puccini
  • Format: NTSC
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019HP2Q
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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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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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A wonderful recording of my favourite Puccini opera (Il Tabarro) and excellent of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi as well.
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Very nice performance! Unfortunately only in Stereo. No Surround option (even mastered over the original stereo recording).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying performance 21 Oct. 2013
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I am in disagreement with many of the other reviewers. I found this production of Il Trittico to be very satisfying. Remember that it was recorded in 1983 in what appears to be on stage at Teatro Alla Scala. The images were very soft. At the beginning I thought that it was in black and white, but in fact it is color though at times the color is almost non existent. The sound is reasonable. The English subtitles are very good. The video director was Brian Large. I have always been impressed with his work, and this production is no exception. The camera is always on the key action. There is a great mix of wide shots and close ups. The camera never distracts from or obfuscates the plot.

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.
32 of 36 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"!
25 of 28 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.)
43 of 47 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.
15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gianni Schicci! 6 Sept. 2002
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I don't much care for Il Tabarro in general and have no great attachment Suor Angelica, but both were sung, acted and staged quite well. I love Gianni Schicci, though, and it was truly wonderful!
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.
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