[5th March 2016] The longer awaited production of Richard Jone’s Il Trittico at the Royal Opera House was a relief for many who saw the premier back in 2011, which received positive reviews at the time, However Puccini’s triptych of love, jealousy, murder, loss and comic trickery wasn’t always performed together. For example, Suor Angelica would be dropped, while Gianni Schicchi would be paired with another opera, and so forth. For this production conductor, Nicola Luisotto is on top form, fashioning the diverse styles of Puccini – when the music was dramatic Luiosotto made sure you knew trouble was on its way.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi by the talented Fulham Opera (review here) as well as Opera Holland Park’s captivating production of all three (review here), and from this I’ve realised that putting these one-act operas together (originally Puccini’s intention) – with their various storylines, diverse subject matters and versatile music – makes it a far more enjoyable night at the opera compared to seeing them as separate entities. What’s more touching is that at the time of composing Il trittico (1918), Puccini was going through a difficult time in his life, making these operas more intimate and insightful of the composer’s life.