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The OperaDou Jury
A real operatic treat !
The Olivier-nominated Royal Opera production featuring a trio of one-act Puccini operas was first performed together on the same bill at Covent Garden in September 2011, and was acclaimed by the Telegraph as “an operatic treat… three hours of gorgeous music that allows big voices to let emotion rip” and by the Evening Standard as “a triumphant vindication of the social awareness and dramatic power of Puccini’s triptych”.
The trio of operas offers a panorama of emotions, with the dark and foreboding Il tabarro and comic Gianni Schicchi bookending a heart-wrenching Suor Angelica.!
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The 15 member Jury who attended this session were very enthusiastic about these three, very different works. It is a particularly attractive programme, beginning with the drama of Il Tabarro in its deliberately dingy and oppressive setting, followed by the heartfelt agony of Sister Angelica with her painful secret and finally the comic light relief of the scheming Gianni Schicchi. The Jury was virtually unanimous in praising the staging, performance and HD production. They were particularly impressed by the way the Royal Opera House has so successfully woven these three very different works into a satisfying whole, giving spectators such a broad palette of emotions to experience in one single evening...
3 spectacles très plaisant et magistralement interprété !
3 very different but very pleasing productions. The first was fabulous, the second superb and the third a welcome relief after all the seriousness… Costumes were better in Suor Angelica after the rather drab attire seen in Il Tabarro. Overall, singing, acting and cohesion between the artists was excellent. Gianni Schicchi irresistible...
3 opéras très différent. La musique de Puccini inattendu mais très belle. Gianni Schicchi irrésistible — amusant et tellement bien interprété. Une merveille !
All superb. One sees so much more than if one were at the Royal Opera House.
Un seul décor pour chaque opéra, mais qu’importe ! Les acteurs—chanteurs sont excellents, et les voix superbes. J’ai aussi aimé le contraste entre les 3 œuvres, surtout après la tristesse dans SA le 3eme était très enlevé et drôle…
Very good facial expressions from the main characters in the first two operas— the singers were really acting. Very impressed by Ermonela Jaho in the title role of Suor Angelica. Gianni Schicchi was really delightful. Everyone performed with a great deal of humour. Sets and costumes were all well designed…
J’étais très ému par Suor Angelica. Un spectacle de grand qualité…
Wonderful evening’s entertainment. Superb singing, drama, comedy.
Ce triptyque était un superbe mélange d’émotion, de magie et de spectacle.
The libretto of “Il Tabarro” is perfect. The action goes with the words… I think setting it during the industrial revolution is an excellent idea!
On this occasion we asked the members of the Jury which of the 3 operas they preferred.
Voting results were as follows:
Il Tabarro: 4
Suor Angelica: 4
Gianni Schicchi: 4
“Too different to compare”: 3
A result which seems to prove that this show has something for everyone !!!
Dancing / performance: A
HDVD production: A
Overall ranking: A-
N.B. The diversity of this production inevitably means that different people like different things in varying degrees and so tend to rank everything as a whole slightly lower than they would otherwise.
28 July 2012
The OperaDou Jury studiously deliberating
Carol goes to see operas at the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne as often as she can — but so far has never seen any of their productions on Blu-Ray or the big screen. Her “first impressions” are certainly worth hearing...
Richard is a seasoned opera aficionado —and a true audiophile. His point of view on this production is therefore authoritative. As he was also auditioning the high-end headphone option now available at L’OperaDou (in selected seats only) his reaction to this additional dimension was also very valuable…