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Il Trittico premiered on December 14, 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera.
Performed in Italian with English titles.
The libretto for Il Tabarro is by Giuseppe Adami, based on the play La houppelande by Didier Gold.
The libretto for Suor Angelica is by Giovacchino Forzano.
The libretto for Gianni Schicchi is by Giovacchino Forzano, based on an episode in Dante's Inferno.
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Paris. A barge docked along the Seine, c. 1910. Michele and his young wife Giorgetta have hired Tinca, Talpa and Luigi to unload the barge. The sun is setting; the day's work is nearly complete. Giorgetta, who has been cool to her husband lately, brings wine for the men as reward for their labors. When she refuses his kiss, Michele leaves the men and Giorgetta to drink, and dance the hurdy-gurdy. He returns to tell his wife that work is scarce, and that he will have to let one of the men go. He is surprised when she suggests releasing Talpa or Tinca, but keeping Luigi. After a visit from Talpa's wife Frugola, who rummages the streets of Paris, Tinca and Talpa leave for home. Luigi stays behind to ask Michele if he will take him to Rouen, where he hopes to start afresh. Michele says he's better off in Paris and offers to keep him on. Left alone, Giorgetta and Luigi profess their passionate love for each other. Luigi vows to kill Michele so they can be together and they agree to meet that night. Michele asks his wife why she no longer loves him. Has she turned away from him because of his age and the death of their child? Michele concludes she has been unfaithful with one of the workmen and waits in the darkness. In the silence, Luigi enters to rendezvous with Giorgetta. He is caught by the jealous husband who strangles him, and hides his body in his cloak; revealing to Giorgetta the body of her lover.
Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)
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17th century Italy. A convent near Siena. As the nuns are leaving the chapel, Sister Genevieve admires the May sunshine streaming across the fountain. We learn that Sister Angelica comes from a wealthy and noble family and that she has not received a single visitor or letter in the seven years she has been cloistered. The Abbess announces a visitor is waiting for Sister Angelica. It is Angelica's aunt, the Princess. Coldly, the old woman approaches her niece. She reminds her that when her parents died, she was entrusted with the care of their children and the family fortune. As Executor, she has decided that Angelica must renounce all claims to the family wealth, as her sister is engaged to be married. She brusquely presents Angelica with a legal document to sign. "After seven years this is all you have to say? Tell me about my son, the child who was taken from me, who I only saw once," Angelica cries. Stiffly, the Princess tells her that her son died two years ago. As coldly as she entered, she leaves. In her anguish, Angelica takes poison, hoping to join her son in Heaven. At the last moment of her life, she realizes she has committed the mortal sin of suicide, and begs the Madonna for salvation. A miracle of forgiveness unites Sister Angelica with her lost son as the curtain falls.
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15th century Florence, Italy. Surrounded by his relatives in his bedchamber, Buoso Donati, the richest man in Tuscany, dies. A rumor spreads: Buoso has left everything to the Church. Chaos ensues as the relatives tear apart the room to find the will, which only confirms the rumor. Buoso's nephew, Rinuccio claims that only one person can save them - Gianni Schicchi. He has called for Schicchi and his daughter, Lauretta, who he wants to marry. Over the protestations of Rinuccio's ancient aunt, Schicchi arrives. At first he refuses to help the hated Donati family, but his daughter, in the famous aria, "O mio babbino caro," convinces him. Schicchi's plan is set in motion: "You will call for a lawyer and witnesses. When the lawyer enters, I will imitate Buoso's voice and dictate a new will." The relatives are delighted and each lobbies Schicchi to leave them a piece of property. He warns them that the sentence for falsifying a will is exile. The lawyer and witnesses enter, and Schicchi, nearly good to his word, dictates a new will, leaving each relative the property they asked for, but leaving the best of the best to Buoso's dear friend, Gianni Schicchi.
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was born in Lucca in Tuscany, Italy on December 22, 1858 into a family of five generations of church organists, choirmasters and composers. His father died when Giacomo was five years old, and he was sent to study with his uncle Fortunato Magi, who considered him to be a poor student. As a teenager, Puccini served as an organist to the area churches and played the piano as entertainment at social events. In March 1876, the twenty-year old walked thirty kilometers to attend a performance of Verdi�s latest opera success, Aida. This event changed his life and he decided that he would make opera his life�s work.
The greatest influence in Puccini's life was his mother, who petitioned and received a grant to send her son to the Milan Conservatory, where he worked diligently at his music and received his diploma in 1883. While studying at the Conservatory, Puccini obtained a libretto from Ferdinando Fontana, and entered a competition for a one-act opera in 1882. Although he did not win, Le Villi was later staged in 1884 at the Teatro Dal Verme and it caught the attention of Giulio Ricordi, head of G. Ricordi & Co. music publishers, who commissioned a second opera, Edgar, in 1889.
Edgar failed: it was a bad story and Fontana's libretto was poor. This may have had an effect on Puccini's thinking because when he began his next opera, Manon Lescaut, he announced that he would write his own libretto so that "no fool of a librettist" could spoil it. Ricordi persuaded him to accept Leoncavallo as his librettist, but Puccini soon asked Ricordi to remove him from the project. Four other librettists were then involved with the opera, due mainly to Puccini constantly changing his mind about the structure of the piece. It was almost by accident that the final two, Illica and Giacosa, came together to complete the opera. They remained with Puccini for his next three operas and probably his greatest successes: La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
Puccini's next project took up a different dramatic challenge. Il Trittico is a group of three sharply contrasting one-act operas that together make up a complete evening: a sinister melodrama Il Tabarro; a sentimental religious tragedy, written entirely for women's voices (Suor Angelica); and a comic Opera (Gianni Schicchi).
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