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Puccini's Il Trittico

To begin a new season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Stefano Ranzini conducts Puccini's triple-bill of Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

To begin a new season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Stefano Ranzini conducts a production of Puccini's ever-popular triple bill, which all star soprano Patricia Racette.

Il Tabarro tells the story of a love affair which, when discovered, leads to murder. Suor Angelica is the tragic tale of a nun, banished to a convent after having had an illegitimate child. This is followed by the light relief of Gianni Schicchi in which the eponymous hero upsets the grasping Donato family by impersonating their recently deceased relative, ostensibly to ensure that the family gets his properties while in fact taking the best of them for himself.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. During the two intervals there are backstage interviews and the Met Quiz.

Il Tabarro:
Giorgetta ...... Patricia Racette (soprano)
Frugola ...... Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)
Luigi ...... Salvatore Licitra (tenor)
Michele ...... Zeljko Lucic (baritone)

Suor Angelica:
Suor Angelica ...... Patricia Racette (soprano)
Sister Genovieffa ...... Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)
Principessa ...... Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

Gianni Schicchi:
Lauretta ...... Patricia Racette (soprano)
Rinuccio ...... Saimir Pirgu (tenor)
Gianni Schicchi ...... Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)
Zita ...... Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Stefano Ranzini (conductor).

4 hours, 30 minutes