Il Trittico

Dutch National Opera

Il Trittico

Puccini composed his Il trittico as a trio of one-act operas, the first evoking horror, the second sadness and the third laughter. Now for the first time, the three short operas are being performed together by Dutch National Opera. This concludes the Puccini cycle that conductor Lorenzo Viotti and stage director Barrie Kosky have produced over three seasons. 

Puccini’s three faces

The three one-act operas are very different in character, setting and subject matter, but they share one key feature: death. In Il tabarro (The cloak), a sailor and his wife have lost their only child and have become fatally estranged in the aftermath. The main character in Suor Angelica was banished to a convent after giving birth to an illegitimate baby. There, seven years later, she learns that her son has died. In desperation, she commits suicide but as she dies she is forgiven by the Virgin Mary in a vision. In Gianni Schicchi, a rich old man dies. His greedy family try to get their hands on the inheritance with the help of the cunning farmer Schicchi.

Puccini year with celebrated performers

2024 is precisely 100 years since the death of Giacomo Puccini at the age of 66. As a composer, Puccini is known for his refined theatrical instincts and powerful emotional eloquence. In this ‘Puccini year’, Dutch National Opera will be presenting the Italian composer’s most diverse work, Il trittico, in which he demonstrates his mastery of three different genres.

The German baritone Michael Volle, who achieved worldwide fame as Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Falstaff (in Verdi’s opera of the same name) and Scarpia (Tosca), will be making his DNO debut in his first performance of the roles of Michele (Il tabarro) and Gianni Schicchi. These roles will allow him to show two completely different sides: as a tortured verismo character and as a sly comedic figure. The role of Suor Angelica, a character whose tragedy never fails to move, will be sung by the Russian soprano Elena Stikhina, who previously gave a stunning performance in the title role of Madama Butterfly at DNO.

Performance information

Sung in Italian

Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction  Barrie Kosky
Set design  Rebecca Ringst
Costume design  Victoria Behr
Lighting design  Joachim Klein

Il tabarro

Libretto  Giuseppe Adami

Michele  Michael Volle
Luigi  Joshua Guerrero
Tinca  Mark Omvlee
Talpa  Sam Carl
Giorgetta  Leah Hawkins
La Frugola  Raehann Bryce-Davis

Suor Angelica

Libretto  Giovacchino Forzano

Suor Angelica  Elena Stikhina
La zia Principessa  Raehann Bryce-Davis
La Badessa  Helena Rasker
La suora Zelatrice  Polly Leech
La maestra delle novizie  Eva Kroon
Suor Genovieffa  Juliana Grigoryan

Gianni Schicchi

Libretto  Giovacchino Forzano

Gianni Schicchi  Michael Volle

Lauretta  Juliana Grigoryan
Zita  Helena Rasker
Rinuccio  Joshua Guerrero
Gherardo  Mark Omvlee
Betto di Signa  Sam Carl
Simone  Scott Wilde
La Ciesca  Polly Leech

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (onderdeel van Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Children's chorus master  Anaïs de la Morandais

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Photo: Marta Syrko