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Richard Fairman
Gramophone, September 2013

Once DVDs had been rolled into this year’s contenders for the Opera award, there was a good chance this disc would win. It has everything a prize-winning DVD of Puccini’s Il trittico could need—an interesting and emotionally involving production; excellent playing and…singing; and filming of the highest quality that today’s technology can afford. For a work that has long hovered on the fringes of the opera repertoire, this was potentially a world-beating combination of virtues.

With impressive portrayals from Eva-Maria Westbroek and Aleksandrs Antonenko…there is a huge amount to enjoy. Opera on DVD does not come better than this. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Richard Fairman
Gramophone, December 2012

No longer will Puccini’s Il trittico seem his forgotten masterpiece. This highly atmospheric production from the Royal Opera brings the three operas right back into the mainstream, updating them as realistic 1960s dramas. Brilliantly filmed, the live performances come across with thrilling immediacy. Opera on DVD does not come better than this. © 2012 Gramophone

Eric Myers
Opera News, November 2012

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

The performance of Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho…is deeply affecting, and her light but penetrating voice is well suited to Puccini’s demands. Anna Larsson is riveting as the Principessa…Larsson’s booming, no-nonsense contralto sounds ideal in this context.

Francesco Demuro makes a charming Rinuccio…The entire cast seems quite fine-tuned and expertly routined, with Gwynne Howell’s Simone and Marie McLaughlin’s Ciesca particular standouts.

Antonio Pappano leads all three operas with great verve and sensitivity, as well as a fine understanding of late-Puccini style. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Mark
American Record Guide, November 2012

This opera is the greatest Italian comedy of the last century, and everyone rates a thumbs up for being amusing without losing their offensiveness. Gallo is probably the best all-around vocalist, yet none of the principals and supporting cast are ever less than excellent in that respect. Pappano loves these scores and conducts his fine orchestra with a keen sense of how they should go—lots of passion, lyricism, plus an ability to never let the music slacken. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

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

Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, September 2012

…this Trittico is a wonderful addition to the discography…Through all the changing scenes, moods and singers, it is the conductor who consistently comes to the fore as the star of the show. With performances as distinguished as this one, it’s small wonder that he got that knighthood! The packaging is also very attractive: each opera gets its own disc in its own case, all packaged together in a slipcase that also contains a booklet made up to look like a Royal Opera House programme. Each opera also has a 5-minute introductory film featuring a commentary from Pappano and a brief interview with some members of the cast. © 2012 MusicWeb International 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

Robert Benson, July 2012

This new stunning new DVD offers the Royal Opera House’s first complete production of Trittico in 65 years, and they have done it right. Director Richard Jones has somewhat updated the action, but not offensively so, and the singers are outstanding, particularly Lucio Gallo who is the murderer Michele in Tabarro and the comic Schicchi in the third opera. Video and audio are outstanding, and this can be recommended without hesitation as an ideal presentation of Puccini’s trilogy. © 2012 Read complete review

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