Il Tabarro • Suor Angelica
Il Trittico is a trilogy of one-act operas that represent the classic dramatic archetypes: the tragic, the lyric, and the comic. Puccini chose from three contrasting social dimensions of his time: the Parisian proletariat in 1900, the aristocracy of the 17th century, and the world of small landowners in Florence in 1299. “Trittico,” a word of Greek origin, was used originally to describe a painting or a sculpture divided into three parts. The term was used later in other forms of art as a synonym for trilogy.
The first of the three, Il Tabarro (The Cloak), is a brooding Grand Guignol drama based on Didier Gold's play La Houppelande. Considered one of Puccini’s darkest operas, it is a classic tale of jealousy, betrayal, and murder set on the river Seine in Paris.
The sentimental Suor Angelica was Puccini’s favorite of the operas of the Trittico, with its emphasis on gentle lyricism over dramatic thrust. This tale of guilt and redemption centers on a young woman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to repent for her sins.
AVA Artistic Director Kristof Van Grysperre conducts, with staging by acclaimed director Mark Lamanna.