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Andrew Everard
Gramophone, October 2012

PUCCINI, G.: Trittico (Il) (Royal Opera House, 2011) (NTSC) OA1070D
PUCCINI, G.: Trittico (Il) (Royal Opera House, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7102D

Lavishly staged and with exemplary picture quality and effective use of surround sound, the Royal Opera’s Il trittico on Opus Arte DVD and Blu-ray is a must-have. © 2012 Gramophone



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2012

This Opus Arte Blu-ray disc documents the highly-praised Covent Garden production of Puccini’s Il Trittico…Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica were new Richard Jones productions at the time of the September 12, 2011 performance, and this Jones rendition of Gianni Schicci was first given at Covent Garden in 2009. So it’s fair to say that all three are still pretty fresh offerings, and one might also opine that Jones is one stage director with taste and imagination. Although there are different set designers for each opera, Jones manages to impart effective atmosphere and offer a coherence and dramatic spirit in his style.

…the three operas, at least as presented in this package, make a fine trio.

Lucio Gallo as a slightly understated Michelle in Il Tabarro is excellent. He is even more effective as Schicci in Gianni Schicci, but here, and in the other opera, he is surrounded by a score of talented, committed singers. In Il Tabarro Eva-Maria Westbroek makes a splendid Giorgetta and Aleksandrs Antonenko is brilliant as Luigi. There is really no weak singer in the cast of Gianni Schicci and the acting skills of the cast are thoroughly convincing, as they must be to properly bring off the comedic elements in this masterpiece.

The central opera in the trilogy, Suor Angelica, has always been difficult to present effectively. Ermonela Jaho is powerfully convincing as Suor Angelica and really dominates the proceedings, though the others in the cast are fine. To me, this performance of Suor Angelica makes about the best case possible for this opera, which I do not find substantially flawed in any way.

Antonio Pappano chooses judicious tempos throughout the tree operas and draws excellent performances from the orchestra and chorus. The camera work is excellent and the sound reproduction vivid. While there is another Blu-ray disc available…this new one from Opus Arte should satisfy even the most discriminating Puccini admirer. As an added attraction, there is about a ten-minute bonus track that shows Lucio Gallo preparing for performance and commenting on the operas. © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review




Richard Fairman
Gramophone, September 2012

PUCCINI, G.: Trittico (Il) (Royal Opera House, 2011) (NTSC) OA1070D
PUCCINI, G.: Trittico (Il) (Royal Opera House, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7102D

Jones’s Puccini trilogy from covent Garden on screen

Because Puccini’s operatic triptych comes round so rarely in the opera house, it is important that there be a good version to watch at home. Lavishly mounted by today’s standards, Richard Jones’s complete production for the Royal Opera was widely hailed last year—and rightly so. Jones brings the operas freshly alive for a 21st-century audience without betraying the original plots and characters: little to upset traditionalists, much to enthral everyone else.

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. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Blu-ray.com, August 2012

The casting here is for the most part quite well done…The two real stars here are Jones, who so nicely invests this Il Trittico with energy and nuance…and Pappano, who continues to conduct Puccini as if his life depended on it. The sets and costumes are also quite evocative…with Suor Angelica’s soaring hospital atrium a real standout.

Gianni Schicchi is undoubtedly the most colorful of the three presentations, with eye popping costumes and sets. Generally speaking this presentation offers a very nicely sharp and well detailed image, with accurate and nicely saturated color.

The music here sounds absolutely magnificent, with fantastic clarity and precision. Pappano is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Puccini conductors, able to finesse the composer’s incredibly emotional sensibilities without ever jumping the veritable sonic shark into self-parody. The surround mix makes very evocative use of the side channels with some of the offstage choral singing in Suor Angelica…Fidelity is very strong in this presentation, as is dynamic range.

The physical production here is largely impeccable, and Pappano leads the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus in a thoughtful but visceral reading of the score. The Pappano introductions to the three one-acts are an unexpected but appreciated bonus. They’re quite brief, but packed with information. Recommended. © 2012 Blu-ray.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2012

Performing all three one-act operas of Puccini’s Il Trittico makes for a very long evening, the cast list bringing grey hairs to the company’s finance department. But that was the task London’s Royal Opera offered to the long established theatre director, Richard Jones. The outcome was probably not what we expected, Jones mixing tradition with some very new ideas. Il Tabarro, his traditional part, is created on a very large and realistic set, a large moored barge being unloaded against a backdrop of an active wharf and office buildings. For the opening of Suor Angelica Jones introduces the new idea of a children’s hospital ward in a convent, while Gianni Schicchi moves from 13th century Florence to some time in the 1970’s…On the surface this final part of the trio works very well by extracting plenty of laughter…As far as the performances are concerned, they are outstanding, both vocally and in the reality of casting. You can really feel for Eva-Maria Westbroek’s, Giorgetta, still an attractive middle-aged woman, but now feeling her years are passing her by and there is the young Luigi offering her love and sex. That role is perfect for the tenor, Aleksandrs Antonenko, who hits that string of high notes at the end of his major aria without any discomfort. Lucio Galio makes a plausible aging husband, Michele, and is to return later as the scheming Gianni Schicchi. …the colours in this Blu-ray version are stunning. It also comes in standard format on DVD (OA1070D). © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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