Two short operas by Puccini in one evening
While Il tabarro is a compact thriller, Gianni Schicchi is a comedy about death. Experience both – with intense musical moods and beautiful arias like «O mio babbino caro» – in one evening!
Il tabarro ('the coat') takes us to Paris ca. 1910, and opens with a musical description of the dark banks of the Seine at dawn. The sound of the workers' life can be heard in the form of tunes reminiscent of the popular music of the time, with drinking songs, a street organ and a street singer.
At one of the freight boats on the river is Giorgetta – a city girl who longs for the feeling of asfalt under her feet and who mourns the loss of a child. She is married to the older canal boat owner Michele, but has fallen in love with one of his employees. Michele grows increasingly suspicious and forces Luigi to admit to the relationship, before choking him to death.
The opera is an adaptation of La Houppelande, a melodramatic work by Didier Gold who Puccini saw in Paris in 1912.
The point of Gianni Schicchi, according to the composer, was for people to "get to laugh and get others to laugh". The inspiration for Puccini's only comic opera came from a passage in Dante Alighieri's Divine comedy.
When Buoso Donati dies, his family learns that the old man donated everything he owned to a convent. They ask the trickster Gianni Schicchi if he can help them to have the will altered. And he can! But most of the inheritance ends up with himself and his daughter Lauretta. With a grin, he reminds the raging mad family about the horrible punishment that awaits them if people learn what they have done.
Il tabarro/ Gianni Schicchi
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami / Giovacchino Forzano
Musical direction: Jac van Steen
Direction/scenography/costumes: Isabella Bywater
Performers: Opera Choir, Opera Orchestra, members of the Children's choir
Performed in Italian with English and Norwegian subtitles.
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