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Puccini - Il Tabarro

Ian Skelly presents a Royal Opera House performance from 2011 of Puccini's Il Tabarro, the first part of Il Trittico. Starring soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek.

Presented by Ian Skelly.
Across the next three Thursday Opera matinees, there's another chance to hear Puccini's Il Trittico from the Royal Opera House production in 2011. Puccini's triple bill comprises three contrasting one-act operas encompassing lust, murder, faith, romance and comedy. In Il Tabarro, Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Giorgetta, whose affair with a deckhand provokes her husband to murder. Next week - Suor Angelica.

Puccini: Il Tabarro

Michele ..... Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Luigi ..... Aleksandrs Antonenko (Tenor)
Tinca ..... Alan Oke (Tenor)
Talpa ..... Jeremy White (Bass)
Giorgetta ..... Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
Venditore ..... Ji-Min Park (Tenor)
Frugola ..... Irina Mishura (Mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Opera House Chorus
Conductor Antonio Pappano

Followed by more performances by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra:

Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63
Gil Shaham (violin)
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

CPE Bach
Symphony No.4 in G, Wq.180
San Francisco Symphony
Ton Koopman (conductor)

Symphony No.3
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 4 Feb 2016 14:00

Music Played

  • Opera Matinee

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Il tabarro (The cloak) - a one act opera

      Singer: Lucio Gallo. Singer: Eva-Maria Westbroek. Singer: Aleksandrs Antonenko. Singer: Alan Oke. Singer: Jeremy White. Singer: Irina Mishura. Singer: Ji-Min Park. Singer: Anna Devin. Singer: Robert Anthony Gardiner. Choir: Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.63

      Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.

      Recorded 12 June 2014 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Symphony No.4 in G major Wq 180

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Ton Koopman.

      Recorded 01 May 2014 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Symphony No.3 Op.44

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.

      Recorded 11 September 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Introduction, Ruhe sanft mein ganzes Leben & Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen from Zaide, K.344

      Singer: Nadine Sierra. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.

      Recorded 28 February 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco


A barge, Paris

On his barge, Michele is watching the sun set while the stevedores and his young wife Giorgetta work. Giorgetta offers a glass of wine to Tinca, Talpa and Luigi, who work with Michele. Luigi asks a passing entertainer to play a waltz. He dances with Giorgetta. A song seller on the quayside offers his latest song. Talpa’s wife Frugola arrives, and chats to Giorgetta about her life as a rag-picker, and her admiration for her cat. Michele returns and the other workers discuss their lives: Tinca loves drink, Luigi is horrified by the life of barge workers, Frugola and Talpa want nothing more than a country cottage and Giorgetta yearns for the lively life of the Paris suburb where she was born. Luigi responds to Giorgetta’s enthusiasm for Paris. When Tinca, Talpa and Frugola leave, Luigi finds an excuse to remain behind with Giorgetta.

Michele returns, and is surprised to find Luigi still there. Luigi tells Michele that he wants to stay on the barge for now, but be put ashore at Rouen. Alone again with Giorgetta, Luigi explains that he cannot bear sharing her with Michele any longer. They arrange a meeting for that night and a possible elopement; Giorgetta will light a match as a signal for Luigi to join her.

Michele comes back on deck and tries to talk to Giorgetta. He recalls how happy they used to be, and how Giorgetta and their baby son would shelter under his cloak. Giorgetta declines to show Michele affection or to talk about their dead child. She goes inside.

Now convinced that his wife is unfaithful, Michele broods over who her lover might be. He wonders if there is anything between Luigi and Giorgetta, but is puzzled over Luigi’s request to leave the barge at Rouen. Thinking hard on how he could revenge himself, Michele lights his pipe. Luigi takes this for Giorgetta’s signal and boards the boat. Michele seizes and strangles him.

Giorgetta returns, and apologizes for her behaviour to her husband. She asks if she can shelter under his cloak once more. Michele pulls open the cloak to reveal Luigi’s corpse.

- With thanks to the Royal Opera House.