Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

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Metropolitan Grand Opera Season 1948-1949

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Puccini:

Gianni Schicchi

Italo Tajo (Gianni Schicchi), Licia Albanese (Lauretta), Giuseppe di Stefano (Rinuccio), Cloe Elmo (Zita), Virgilio Lazzari (Simone), Gerhard Pechner (Marco), Thelma Votipka (Ciesca), Alessio de Paolis (Gherardo), George Cehanovsky (Betto), Melchiorre Luise (Spinelloccio), Reginald Tonry, Jr. (Gherardino), Louis D'Angelo (Amantio)

Giuseppe Antonicelli

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Salome

Ljuba Welitsch (Salome), Herbert Janssen (Jokanaan), Frederick Jagel (Herod), Kerstin Thorborg (Herodias)

Fritz Reiner


Recorded 1949

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Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Puccini: Gianni Schicchi


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elke Schary, Martha Mödl, Claes H. Ahnsjö

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico


Il Tabarro

Robert Merrill (Michele), Mario del Monaco (Luigi), Renata Tebaldi (Giorgetta), Lucia Danieli (La Frugola), Renato Ercolani (Il Tinca), Silvio Maionica (Il Talpa), Piero de Palma (Venditore di canzonette), Gianfranco Manganott & Dora Carral (Due Amanti)

Suor Angelica

Renata Tebaldi (Suor Angelica), Giulietta Simionato (La Zia Principessa), Lucia Danieli (La Badessa), Miti Truccato Pace (La Zelatrice), Anna di Stasio (La Maestra delle novizie), Dora Carral (Suor Genovieffa)

Gianni Schicchi

Fernando Corena (Gianni Schicchi), Renata Tebaldi (Lauretta), Lucia Danieli (Zita), Agostino Lazzari (Rinuccio), Renato Ercolani (Gherardo), Dora Carral (Nella), Antoine de Ninno (Gherardino), Giovanni Foiani (Betto di Signa), Paolo Washington (Simone), Silvio Maionica (Marco), Miti Truccato Pace (La Ciesca), Giuseppe Morresi (Spinelloccio)

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2011


Il Tabarro

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)

Suor Angelica

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)

Gianni Schicchi

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.

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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

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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

“Pappano conducts a riotously raucous Schicchi, a bleak, foreboding Tabarro, and a poignant Suor Angelica in this 2007 Covent Garden production by Richard Jones. I can't think of a better cast for Tabarro than Lucio Gallo, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Ermonela Jaho is a harrowingly sorrowful Suor Angelica. Wonderful stuff” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico


Il Tabarro

Mirella Freni (Giorgetta),Juan Pons (Michele), Giuseppe Giacomini (Luigi), Leo Nucci (Il Tinca), Franco De Grandis (Il Talpa), Gloria Scalchi (La Frugola)

Suor Angelica

Mirella Freni (Suor Angelica), Elena Souliotis (La Zia Principessa), Gloria Scalchi (La Badessa), Ewa Podles (La Zelatrice), Nicoletta Curiel (La Maestra delle novizie), Barbara Frittoli (Suor Genovieffa), Valeria Esposito (Suor Osmina), Olga Romanko (Suor Dolcina), Debora Beronesi (La Sorella Infermiera)

Gianni Schicchi

Leo Nucci (Gianni Schicchi), Mirella Freni (Lauretta), Roberto Alagna (Rinuccio), Barbara Frittoli (Nella), Ricardo Cassinelli (Gherardo), Giorgio Giorgetti (Betto di Signa), Enrico Fissore (Simone), Orazio Mori (Marco), Nicoletta Curiel (La Ciesca), Colin Cue (Spinelloccio)

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bruno Bartoletti

“These three operas showcase what a marvellously versatile singer Mirella Freni was. Unfortunately Suor Angelica is ruined by the grotesque singing of Elena Souliotis, by then almost voiceless.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ***

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Puccini - Il Trittico

Puccini - Il Trittico


Puccini:

Il tabarro

Tito Gobbi (Michele), Giacinto Prandelli (Luigi), Piero De Palma (Il Tinca), Plinio Clabassi (Il Talpa), Margaret Mas (Giorgetta), Miriam Pirazzini (La Frugola), Renato Ercolani (Venditore di canzonette), Piero De Palma & Silvia Bertona (Due amanti)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Vincenzo Bellezza

Suor Angelica

Victoria De Los Angeles (Suor Angelica), Fedora Barbieri (La Zia Principessa), Mina Doro (La Badessa/La Maestra delle novizie), Corinna Vozza (La Zelatrice), Lidia Marimpietri (Suor Genovieffa/La Cercatrice 1), Santa Chissari (Suor Osmina), Anna Marcangeli (Suor Dolcina)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tullio Serafin

Gianni Schicchi

Tito Gobbi (Gianni Schicchi), Victoria De Los Angeles (Lauretta), Anna Maria Canali (Zita), Carlo Del Monte (Rinuccio), Adelio Zagonara (Gherardo), Lidia Marimpietri (Nella), Claudio Cornoldi (Gherardino), Sturno Meletti (Betto di Signa), Paolo Montarsolo (Simone), Fernando Valentini (Marco), Giuliana Raymondi (Ciesca), Alfredo Mariotti (Spinelloccio/Amantio di Nicolao), Virgilio Stoco (Pinellino), Paolo Caroli (Guccio)

Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Gabriele Santini


Il trittico was first heard in Italy, in Rome, in January 1919. The easy success achieved by Gianni Schicchi wherever it was performed meant that soon theatres were giving it paired with other works. This dismayed Puccini, though later he had to bow to the inevitable. The three operas together, though, have a special unity. Puccini, such a man of the theatre, constructed them in such a way that the theatregoer or listener at home, enjoys the contrast all the more if they are heard in sequence as intended.

These recordings were made at the Rome Opera over three years, and with three conductors. (Gianni Schicchi alone was late enough to be caught in stereo.) They are held together by the casting of Tito Gobbi in the baritone roles in the first and third opera, and by Victoria de los Angeles as the soprano in the second and third.

As Patrick O’Connor’s absorbing note relates, both singers were at the zenith of their careers in the late 1950s. Gobbi first sang in Gianni Schicchi as a beginner in 1939, in the role of Betto di Signa, ‘the poorest of Buoso Donati's relations’. When he was later planning to take on the title-role, he studied the opera with the librettist Forzano, who insisted ‘Our work must be serious. It is for the other people to laugh and enjoy it.’ For Gobbi, the character was essentially ‘A mature man, of course, but with here and there a touch of sharpness, some subtle inflection reminiscent of youthful cheek…still keeping the character of the roguish Florentine boy he once was.’

The recordings have been newly transferred and remastered to ART standard at Abbey Road Studios.

“Only Gianni Schicchi is in stereo, but this remains the most ripely idiomatic set of Puccini's three-parter.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 *****

“[Michele in Il Tabarro] inspires [Gobbi] to give his very best, both as actor and singer...Though Gobbi's incomparable baritone is not by nature comic-sounding, he is unequalled as Schicchi...the latest EMI transfers are expert, clear and convincingly balanced.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico


Il Tabarro:

Carlo Guelfi (Michele), Maria Guleghina (Giorgetta), Neil Shicoff (Luigi), Ricardo Cassinelli (Il Tinca), Enrico Fissore (Il Talpa), Elena Zilio (La Frugola), Barry Banks (Venditore di canzonette), Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu (Due Amanti)

Suor Angelica:

Cristina Gallardo-Domás (Angelica), Bernadette Manca Di Nissa (La Zia Principessa), Felicity Palmer (La Badessa), Elena Zilio (La Zelatrice), Sara Fulgoni (La Maestra delle novizie), Dorothea Röschmann (Suor Genovieffa), Judith Rees (Suor Osmina), Rachele Stanisci (Suor Dolcina), Francesca Pedaci (La Sorella Infermiera), Anne Maria Panzarella (La Cercatrice 1/La Conversa 1), Susan Mackenzie-Park (La Cercatrice 2), Rosalind Waters (Una novizia), Deborah Miles-Johnson (La conversa 2)

Gianni Schicchi: José van Dam (Schicchi), Angela Gheorghiu (Lauretta), Felicity Palmer (Zita), Roberto Alagna (Rinuccio), Paolo Barbacini (Gherardo), Patrizia Ciofi (Nella), James Savage-Hanford (Gherardino), Carlos Chausson (Betto di Signa), Luigi Roni (Simone), Roberto Scaltriti (Marco), Elena Zilio (La Ciesca), Enrico Fissore (Spinelloccio), Simon Preece (Pinellino), Noel Mann (Guccio)

Philharmonia Orchestra (Suor Angelica), London Symphony Orchestra (Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi), Antonio Pappano

“No previous recordings of the three one-Acters in Puccini's triptych bring quite such warmth or beauty or so powerful a drawing of the contrasts between each...Pacing each opera masterfully, Pappano heightens emotions fearlessly to produce at key moments the authentic gulp-in-the-throat...The casting in the middle opera is a near flawless as could be” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico


Tito Gobbi, Giacionto Prandelli, Victoria de los Angeles, Fedora Barbieri, Mina Doro, Corinna Vozza, Giuseppe Taddei, Grete Rapisardi, Fernando Corena & Franco Calabrese

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma & Orchestra della RAI di Torino, Vincenzo Bellezza, Tullio Serafin & Alfredo Simonetto

Puccini united three one-act operas into a single cycle in Il Trittico – although all three works differed in terms of style and design. The first part, Il Tabarro, a tragedy about love and jealousy, was set against the dismal background of boatmen and harbour workers, whose lives did not boast the carefree and merry charm of Bohème. The second work, Suor Angelica, was set in the seclusion of a convent. Angelica boasts an entirely female cast and the opera has a gentle, solemn mood. The third work is a legacy-hunter story from 1299, borrowed from Dante‘s thirtieth song from Inferno, the third part of the Divine Comedy. The three outstanding singers to be heard on this 1949 recording are Victoria de los Angeles, Tito Gobbi and Giuseppe Taddei.

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Puccini: Il Trittico

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Il tabarro

Ingvar Wixell (Michele), Plácido Domingo (Luigi), Renata Scotto (Giorgetta), Gillian Knight (La Frugola), Michel Sénéchal (Il Tinca), Dennis Wicks (Il Talpa), John Treleaven (Venditore di canzonette), Yvonne Kenny, Peter Jeffes (Due Amanti)

Suor Angelica

Renata Scotto (Suor Angelica), Marilyn Horne (La Zia Principessa), Ileana Cotrubas (Suor Genovieffa), Gillian Knight (La Zelatrice), Ann Howard (La Maestra delle novizie), Patricia Payne (La Badessa)

Gianni Schicchi

Tito Gobbi (Gianni Schicchi), Ileana Cotrubas (Lauretta), Anna di Stasio (Zita), Plácido Domingo (Rinuccio), Scilly Fortunato (Nella), Florindo Andreolli (Gherardo), Alvaro Domingo (Gherardino), Alfredo Mariotti (Betto di Signa), Giancarlo Luccardi (Simone), Carlo Del Bosco (Marco), Stefania Malagù (Ciesca), Leo Pudis (Spinelloccio)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra & London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

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“The highlight of this set...is an outstanding Suor Angelica, with Renata Scotto in the title role, supported by Marilyn Horne as her aunt, and Ileana Cotrubas (who also sings Lauretta in Schicchi) as Sister Genovieffa.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Puccini: Il Trittico

Live Recording 1979


Il Tabarro:

Renato Bruson (Michele); Marilyn Zschau (Giorgetta); Vladimir Atlantov (Luigi)

Suor Angelica:

Pilar Lorengar(Suor Angelica); Kerstin Meyer (Princess)

Gianni Schicchi:

Sonia Ghazarian (Lauretta); Margarita Lilova; Walter Berry (Gianni Schicchi)


Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Gerd Albrecht

In 1979, Il Trittico was performed at the Vienna State Opera for the first time complete in the original Italian. Gerd Albrecht was in the pit, and the excitement that he was able to maintain throughout the evening comes across even when listening to this recording. No-one from the house ensemble here took on a role in more than one of the operas which resulted in a cast able to convey a maximum degree of identification with their respective roles.Thus the love triangle in Tabarro grips us thanks to Marilyn Zschau's energetic vocal achievement as Giorgetta and to Renato Bruson's mighty, flowing baritone as her jealous husband - thus equipped, he is even a match for the elemental vocal prowess of Vladimir Atlantov in the role of his rival.

In Suor Angelica, Pilar Lorengar offers a deeply moving interpretation of the title role, for she manages in masterly fashion to find the balance between beauty of sound and expressive power - a balance so hard to achieve in Puccini.The Swedish mezzo Kerstin Meyer is an impressive foil to her, for while her voice is more powerful than that of many of her famous peers, she still manages to convey a residual ounce of humanity behind her character's steely façade.And finally, as one would expect,Walter Berry's portrayal of Gianni Schicchi offers us a slice of life at its fullest, while Sonia Ghazarian as his daughter Lauretta has a voice ideal for the task.With Yordi Ramiro, Margarita Lilova and Marjana Lipovšek, the legacy hunters too are given real personality, while Erich Kunz, late in his career, provides a classic characterisation of the doctor Spinelloccio.

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