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Puccini - Il Trittico (2007)

Amarilli Nizza , Alberto Mastromarino , Cristina Pezzoli  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amarilli Nizza, Alberto Mastromarino, Annamaria Chiuri, Rubens Pelizzari, Alessandro Cosentino
  • Directors: Cristina Pezzoli
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TXY2DY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, insightful Il Trittico October 4, 2007
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Puccini was a crowd pleaser but even he couldn't ignore the currents of musical change following in the wake of Debussy, Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Debussy's influence is obvious in his score for La fanciulla del west, produced at the Met Dec. 10, 1910. The advent of the First World War caused musical downsizing between 1914-1918 for everyone, so Puccini produced three one act operas with slighly smaller orchestral forces which also premiered at the Met Dec. 14, 1918. The score is masterful, pointing towards a future Puccini only partially fulfilled with the unfinished Turandot of 1926. Puccini died before creating the modernist work he might have produced following Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu.

This production of Il Trittico, recorded live at the Teatro Comunale di Modena, 8 February 2007 is fresh, insightful and entertaining. Both Il tabarro and Suor Angelica are spared dirge-like productions in director Cristina Pezzoli's clean, crisp versions of the first two operas of Puccini's triptych. She removes everything superfluous, leaving behind the essence of the two harrowing plays. Both the Verismo in Il tabarro and the religious ecstasy of Suor Angelica are not over emphasized. The drama is naturalistic, the sets and costumes spare and stylized, so we are never forced into a downward spiral of bathos. The female lead in all three operas is Amarilli Nizza and she is splendid, obviously the singing and acting star of this production. The rest of the cast is equally as good.

The final opera is, as always, the most entertaining, the most fun of the three. This Gianni Schicchi, a tale of rampant greed and fraudulent wills that is based on a story from Dante, now updated to the era of it's composition, is wonderful.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Trittico November 18, 2007
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Giacomo Puccini is very well served in this production of Il Trittico. I've never had the luxury of seeing all three operas together. I saw Suor Angelica in San Francisco around 1990 with Leona Mitchell (paired with I Pagliacci) and Gianni Schicchi in Los Angeles a couple of years ago with Samuel Ramey (paired with Bartok's Blubeard's Castle). When I watched this video, I was not expecting Renata Scotto or any of the others. Amarilli Nizza more than holds her own vocally and dramatically, as well as the uniformly good cast. The singing, conducting, staging & video quality are all excellent. I had never heard of any of the cast members, but the first couple of 5 star reviews encouraged me to order this DVD. And I am so glad to have seen it and to add my own 5 stars. I for one am not pining for that elusive past golden age, but rather grateful for the high quality of what is available today. However, I must confess that I hope the Met will release the Scotto Trittico on DVD one of these days. "Madonna salvami."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 16, 2009
This is a beautiful production of Puccini's Il trittico. Il Tabarro has a beautiful convincing cast. Luigi's singing is beautiful and his love duet with Giorgetta will bring tears to your eyes. I found it very erotic when Luigi is lying on top of Giorgetta. The only complaint about il tabarro is puccini's fault to leave us at the end of the opera speechless and cold. If only he would have extended it a little bit longer. I think that last chord ends really fast, when Giorgetta looks what her husband is hiding under his long!!! is her strangled lover - she sings out a loud cry in disbelief and boom the opera is over. Personally Suor Angelica is full of new theatrical tricks. I love how the nuns at the end bring crosses that will attach to the ground. Very Theatrical and beatifuly done. Suor Angelica is an opera that only with the music it tells me a lot so the production even though is bad, the music still emotionally moves me. The only complaint is - what the hell was the producer thinking about the black crow on Suor Angelicas Aunt's hat?. She is supposed to be a Princess you know? I don't get it. A black crow is ugly. I should be a white dove. I know that the princess is bringing bad news. Is that why she has a black crow on her hat? Please explain. Gianni Schicchi my most favorite of the three is funny but I would love to see Gianni Schicchi a little bit more funny. At some points I think he looked nervous but, the rest of the cast were pretty funny. I loved the conga line when Gianni Schicchi was reading the testament. Overall my praise goes to the diva who sang; Giorgetta, Suor Angelica and Lauretta. (Amarilli Nizza) Her characterizations where very convincing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Trittico! June 14, 2009
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I just finished watching the gorgeous production from Teatro Comunale di Modena and can only say if you love Trittico as I do, you must have this set - and priced as it is it's a steal!

First, all three, distinctive sets by Giacomo Andrico, costumes by Gianluca Fataschi and lighting by Cesare Accetta are nothing short of marvelous, each setting the mood of the piece as soon as the curtain rises.

For Il Tabarro we're plunged into dismal, watery world under the large arch of a Parisian bridge, the barge a depressing and effective playing area, where shadows loom everywhere. The colors and light effects are sensational.

For Suor Angelica, we're in an enormous vaulted room of shifting columns, with set pieces unobtrusively moved into place to change the settings throughout in a way I've not seen done before - even an enormous fountain glides into place for several spectacular effects in the first and final scenes. The miracle is beautifully staged, with a child Madonna leading Angelica's son toward his mother, the son racing to and falling onto and embracing his mother for a touching reunion of smiles before both expire, the little Madonna smiling down on them. Talk about lump in your throat moments!

Schicchi makes me wonder why any director would want to update it, the massive period set evoking the era, but the over-the-top costumes, elaborate wigs, ridiculous hats all like a renaissance painting come to life - save for Schicchi who first appears in a pinstriped suit.

Christina Pezzoli's direction in all three operas brings real theatre into the proceedings, all of the characters richly detailed, stripped (mostly) of old-fashioned cliches and rich with life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Question on the Habits
I was wondering why the nuns in "Suor Angelica" do not have veils. Has anyone else noticed this or made mention of it? Just curious. Thanks!
Published 17 months ago by Steve K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on!
I have owned this DVD for quite some time and enjoy watching it often, especially Il Tabarro - so much so, that I thought I would write a review to encourage others to get it; and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Ferland
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding version of this trilogy offering strong singing, acting...
This trilogy by Puccini is a very powerful dramatic and operatic experience when experienced as a whole and in as good a performance as here. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars We love it!
Ordered "El Trittico" not realizing that there were no English subtitles. WE still enjoy the music while the staging is different from what we have seen before. Love It!
Published on September 4, 2011 by Rodolfo G. Serrano
5.0 out of 5 stars This "Trittico" is a treat!
From the Teatro Communale di Modena, the birthplace of opera legends Pavarotti and Freni, comes this fantastic production of "Il Trittico". Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by El Critico
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Treat
I just discovered these three short operas because I wanted everything by Puccini; and it is so rare to find them together or to have them performed together.....what a shame. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by sergei kochkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Trittico
I bought this DVD some time ago, and never watched it. However, today, it took the challenge. I enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published on July 18, 2010 by C. P. Scillieri
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent DVD
ASIN:B000TXY2DY Puccini - Il Trittico]]
[[I wanted to buy this opera because I was going to see "Sour Angelica" in the theater and I like to get familiar with the music. Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by A. Delaspozas
5.0 out of 5 stars From the first moment...
From the first moment of this DVD, I felt I had something special coming...and I was correct. This is a treat from start to finish, an amazing performance all around with great... Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by S. J McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars some good; some bad
Il Trittico is one of those problematic productions. In my case, I enjoy Gianni Schicchi enough to endure the first two which I find very taxing because they are such downers. Read more
Published on October 28, 2008 by Ronald D. Foster
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