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Il Tabarro Sylvia Sass (Giorgetta), Nicola Marinucci (Luigi), Piero Cappuccilli (Michele), Sergio Bertocchi (Il Tinca), Aldo Bramante (Il Talpa), Eleonora Jankovic (La Frugola), Ernesto Gavazzi (Venditore di canzonette), Anna Baldasserini, Bruno Brando (Due amanti)
Suor Angelica Rosalind Plowright (Suor Angelica), Dunja Vejzovic (La Zia Principessa), Maria Grazia Allegri (La Badessa), Jole Arno (Zelatrice), Nella Verri (La Maestra delle novizie), Giovanna Santelli (Suor Genovieffa), Maria Dalla Spezia (Suor Osmina), Mildela d'Amico (Suor Dolcina)
Gianni Schicchi Juan Pons (Gianni Schicchi), Cecilia Gasdia (Lauretta), Eleonora Jankovic (Zita), Yuri Marusin (Rinuccio), Alessandra Cesareo (Gherardo), Franco Boscolo (Betto di Signa), Mario Luperi (Simone), Giorgio Tadeo (Marco), Nella Verri (Ciesca), Claudio Giombi (Spinelloccio)
Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Gianandrea Gavazzeni
“This Warner DVD offers idiomatic performances from La Scala of Puccini's trilogy. The productions are broadly traditional, with an ultra-realistic set for the grand guignol of Iltabarro and rather more stylised settings for SuorAngelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Casting is strong in Il tabarro, with Piero Cappuccilli in his prime as Michele, the cuckolded bargemaster. His appeal to Giorgetta, his estranged wife, is so passionate and tender that his climactic solo has your total sympathy. Sylvia Sass as Giorgetta tends to overact; the steely edge in her voice helps keep your sympathies with Michele. As Luigi, Nicola Martinucci is powerful and unstrained. Outstanding among the others is Eleonora Jankovic as La Frugola, firm of voice and characterful without overacting.
The staging of the murder and Michele's revealing of the body under his cloak, always tricky to bring off, is neatly managed.
The stylised set for Suor Angelica is unobjectionable.
What dominates, as it should, is Rosalind Plowright's moving performance of the title role.
Next to her, Dunja Vejzovic is disappointing, not so much vocally as in appearance and personality; she seems too young and lightweight; hardly the unforgiving Princess. The nuns are nicely touched in, and the chorus is impressive. Brian Large's direction sidesteps the final and sentimental vision of Angelica's dead child.
Gianni Schicchi is placed in an enormous apartment with a panoramic view over Florence. The claustrophobia that can add point to the comic story is entirely absent, but the set is undistracting.
Eleonora Jankovic again stands out among the incidental characters as the old woman, Zita, and Yuri Marusin as Rinuccio copes well with his big aria. Lauretta, his lover, is strongly cast, with Cecilia Gasdia luxuriantly drawing out 'O mio babbino caro' in finely shaded phrases, to the delight of the Scala audience. Juan Pons is a firm and commanding Schicchi, taking centrestage from his first entry.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Puccini: Il Trittico
Juan Pons (Michele), Miroslav Dvorsky (Luigi), Paoletta Marrocu (Giorgetta), Anna Maria Chiuri (La Frugola), Carlo Bosi (Il Tinca), Luigi Roni (Il Talpa), Andrea Caré (Venditore)
Barbara Frittoli (Angelica), Mariana Lipovšek (La Zia Principessa)
Leo Nucci (Gianni Schicchi), Nino Machaidze (Lauretta), Cinzia De Mola (Zita), Vittorio Grigolo (Rinuccio), Francesca Sassu (Nella), Tiziana Tramonti (La Ciesca), Luca Casalin (Gherardo), Elia Fabbian (Betto di Signa), Mario Luperi (Simone), Vincenzo Taormina (Marco)
Subtitles in Italian, English, French, Spanish.
Recorded live at La Scala, March 2008
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Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2011
Lucio Gallo (Michele), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Luigi), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Giorgetta), Alan Oke (Tinca), Jeremy White (Talpa), Irina Mishura (La Frugola), Ji-Min Park (Venditore), Anna Devin, Robert Anthony Gardiner (Due Amanti)
Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica), Anna Larsson (La Zia Principessa), Eryl Royle (Suor Osmina), Anna Devin (Suor Genovieffa), Kathy Batho (Novice), Elizabeth Key (Suor Dolcina), Elizabeth Woollett (Nursing Sister), Gillian Webster, Kathleen Wilder (Due Cercatrici), Irina Mishura (La Badessa), Elizabeth Sikora (Maestra delle Novizie), Elena Zilio (La Suora Zelatrice)
Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi), Ekaterina Siurina (Lauretta), Francesco Demuro (Rinuccio), Elena Zilio (Zita), Rebecca Evans (Nella), Marie McLaughlin (La Ciesca), Jeremy White (Betto di Signa), Gwynne Howell (Simone), Robert Poulton (Marco), Alan Oke (Gherardo), Filippo Turkheimer (Gherardino), Henry Waddington (Maestro Spinelloccio), Enrico Fissore (Ser Amantio di Nicolai), Daniel Grice (Pinellio), John Molloy (Guccio)
Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)
This is The Royal Opera’s first complete presentation of Puccini’s Il trittico since 1965. Leading director Richard Jones staged his witty, darkly comic realization of Gianni Schicchi for The Royal Opera in 2007, and here he completes the trio.
3 DVDs for the price of 1
Leading director Richard Jones staged his witty, darkly comic realization of Gianni Schicchi for The Royal Opera in 2007.
The production was revived in 2012 and here he completes the trio with two new productions of Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica.
Antonio Pappano conducts an acclaimed cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Ermonela Jaho, Lucio Gallo, Elena Zilio and rising star Francesco Demuro.
These three one-act works were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and went to cinemas world-wide in February 2012.
Running time: 180 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
“a triumph...three wonderfully directed and expertly acted productions. Add in Pappano's impeccable conducting and his valuable introductions to the pieces, and you have a nigh-on ideal Trittico.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****
“In the theatre, Suor Angelica packed a stronger punch [than Il Tabarro]. Here, on DVD, it is little short of devastating...Jaho's youthful vulnerability is deeply moving...Gianni Schicchi is a wicked 1960s delight...Outstandingly filmed, this set marks a high point for live opera on DVD...I have no hesitation in making this new Trittico the top recommendation.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
“Pappano draws consistently fine playing from the orchestra...Gallo is in very good from as Michele...Westbroek gives her all in Giorgetta's contrasting scenes...Jaho dominates [Suor Angelica], of course, and in a role which she had never sung before...Gallo exhibits his facility for comic roles [in Schicchi]...One will have to look far to find a better trio of performances than these” International Record Review, September 2012
BBC Music Magazine
DVD Choice - September 2012
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