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Opera Review: Il Trittico By Puccini


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#1 Tassie Devil

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:23 AM

COMPOSER: PUCCINI

Disc Title: Il Trittico actually 3 short operas Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

Disc catalog: TDK DVBD-OPTRIT Recording Date: 2007 Program Length: 180 mins Live recording at Teatro Communale di Moderna

Video rating: 5/5 Audio type: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Audio rating: 5/5

Overall rating: 5/5

Summary comment: Great variety of operatic entertainment.

Author: Tassie Devil Date: May 5 2010

Detailed Comment: Each of these three short operas are different and that adds to the enjoyment of this disc. The first "The Cloak" starts off slowly and sets an atmosphere of boredom which slowly reveals an affair between the young wife of the barge owner and a casual employee. The tension rises to finish with inevitable tragedy. The acting and singing is first class with the lovely Amarilli Nizza particularly impressive. The second opera "Sister Angelica" using music and acting very effectively sets the stultifying atmosphere of the convent but this slowly and effectively changes to one of pathos as the past life of Angela is revealed. Again, the singing and acting are engrossing and a tribute to the artistic genius of Puccini, a man not immune to scandal in his own love life. The third opera "Gianni Schicchi" is also on another BD disc and, on balance, I prefer the Glynedebourne production. But that is not to condemn this production which again highlights the greed and hypocracy of relatives greedy to have a share of the inheritance of their "beloved" Buoso Donati. The roles are deliberately and effectively over acted and accompanied by good singing. However some effort could have been made to have the dead Donati to be as corpulant as the imposter Schicchi for that substitution to have been a little more believable. But that is nit picking.

Audio and video are up to the usual high BD standards and I came away very impressed with the talents of Amarilla Nizza in three completely different and challenging roles and also impressed with the three different styles of composition by Puccini. Recommended.