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Il trittico

Puccini can be viewed as the engineer who, by completing the bridge Verdi had begun, connected Italian tradition directly with modernity. In his last works (of which Il Trittico is one), he anticipates the more modern forms of Debussy or Strauss.

Puccini sets his own personal seal on each of these operatic gems: a thriller set on the banks of the Seine (Il tabarro), the suffering, death and glorification of a nun whose child has been taken from her (Suor Angelica), and a humorous satire about a will which the relatives try to change by impersonating the deceased (Gianni Schicchi).

These three one-act operas seem unconnected. But are they? Giacomo Puccini assembled them under the title Il trittico (the triptych) and they are facets of a single reality. Instead of making a vain attempt to portray the whole world in a long opera, as in an epic novel, he selects three events and brings them together in a work of music which seeks to convey every shade of human emotion with intensity: from implacable coldness of heart to burning passion, via avarice, artfulness or parody.

Lotte de Beer's production from the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich offers us an incomparable show in which the action unfolds in a single space enclosed by curved walls and the three scores are linked together by the idea of death. Her excellent stage direction makes all the characters shine. The luxury cast, including Lise Davidsen, Ermonela Jaho, Ambrogio Maestri, Daniela Barcellona and Ruth Iniesta, will make this Trittico one of the season's highlights.

Il tabarro
Opera in one act 
Libretto by  Giuseppe Adami 
World premiere: 14/12/1918 at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York 
Barcelona premiere 21/12/1948 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last Liceu performance: 3/7/2014, in concert version
Total number of Liceu performances: 15 

Suor Angelica
Opera in one act 
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
World premiere: 14/12/1918 at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York
Barcelona premiere 21/12/1948 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last Liceu performance 4/7/2014
Total number of Liceu performances: 21 

Gianni Schicchi
Opera in one act 
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano   
World premiere: 14/12/1918 at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York   
Barcelona premiere 21/12/1948 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu 
Last Liceu performance 10/11/1987  
Total number of Liceu performances: 14  

  • Approximate running time 3h 15min

Artistic profile

Il tabarro

MICHELE
Ambrogio Maestri
LUIGI
Brandon Jovanovich
IL TINCA
Pablo García-López
IL TALPA
Valeriano Lanchas
GIORGETTA
Lise Davidsen
FRUGOLA
Mireia Pintó
VENEDOR DE CANÇONS
Marc Sala
PARELLA JOVE / SOPRANO
Ruth Iniesta
PARELLA JOVE / TENOR
Iván Ayón-Rivas

Suor Angelica

SUOR ANGELICA
Ermonela Jaho
LA PRINCESA
Daniela Barcellona
L’ABADESSA
María Luisa Corbacho
LA GERMANA ZELADORA
Mireia Pintó
LA MESTRA DE LES NOVÍCIES
Marta Infante
SUOR GENOVIEFFA
Mercedes Gancedo
SUOR OSMINA
Carolina Fajardo
SUOR DOLCINA
Berna Perles
LA GERMANA INFERMERA
Laura Vila
LA NOVÍCIA
Mar Morán

Gianni Schicchi

GIANNI SCHICCHI
Ambrogio Maestri
LAURETTA
Ruth Iniesta
ZITA
Daniela Barcellona
RINUCCIO
Iván Ayón-Rivas
GHERARDO
Marc Sala
NELLA
Berna Perles
BETTO DI SIGNA
Pau Armengol
SIMONE
Stefano Palatchi
MARCO
David Oller
LA CIESCA
Mireia Pintó
MAESTRO SPINELLOCCIO
Luis López Navarro
SER AMANTIO DI NICOLAO
Tomeu Bibiloni
Stage director
Lotte de Beer
Set design
Bernhard Hammer
Playwright
Malte Krasting
Costume design
Jrorine van Beek
Lighting
Alex Brok
Production
Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich)
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, director)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Susanna Mälkki

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