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Il trittico

Giacomo Puccini 1858-1924

World Premiere December 14 1918, Metropolitan Opera, New York
Il tabarro (The Coat)
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami based on Didier Gold's play La Houpelande (1910)
Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
Gianni Schicchi
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano based on an episode from Dante Alighieri's La Divina Commedia (1321)

This production first seen January 13 2008
Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles

Introduction (on video, in German) will appear here and on YouTube shortly before the run opens

Giacomo Puccini combined three very different one act operas for his triple bill at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, which opened in 1918: a bloody drama about jealousy, a lonely tragedy of a nun and an Italian comedy about a greedy extended family. The finiteness of life is inherent in all three works, in different ways. This was the seed of Claus Guth's concept, which turns into a study of how humans die and how death is coped with. Life and death coexist in Christian Schmidt's ship of life, sometimes even coming into contact in an invisible network between the two worlds.