Peabody Opera Theatre presents

Il Trittico

by Giacomo Puccini

libretti by Giovanni Adami and Giovanni Forzano

Peabody Symphony Orchestra

Hajime Teri Murai, conductor

Roger Brunyate, stage director

Thursday-Saturday, November 20, 21, 22, 2003 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2004 at 3:00 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Peabody Conservatory of Music
1 East Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, Maryland
Admission $24 / Seniors $12
Box Office: 410/659-8100 x2, or book online

This production is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council

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To Other Worlds: Puccini’s Trittico comprises three one-act operas in three very different settings. Director Roger Brunyate discusses the importance of locale to the composer, in terms both of his musical scene-painting and his stagecraft.


Puccini wrote Il trittico (The Triptych) in 1919 for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The three one-act operas which it contains each break new ground in the composer’s work. The first of them, Il tabarro (The Cloak), is a drama of lost love and new passion. Although it was the composer’s one essay in social realism, his understanding of human psychology is as acute as in any of his works. Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica), the second opera, is set in a convent. Beginning gently, almost like an intermezzo, it reaches a powerful climax as the Virgin Mary appears to intercede for the title character, who has killed herself in the hope of being united with her dead child. The subject of death also recurs in the final opera, Gianni Schicchi, a rollicking farce about a money-grubbing family who try to alter the will of a deceased relative. This opera also contains what is probably the best-known of all Puccini’s arias, the lovely “O mio babbino caro.”

The three principal roles in Il tabarro will be taken at the Thursday and Saturday performances by alumni who have graduated from Peabody within the past seven years.


PRINCIPAL SINGERS

* denotes Thu/Sat cast; ** denotes Fri/Sun cast

Il Tabarro

GiorgettaJ. J. Hobbs**
Christine Kavanagh Miller* (guest)
FrugolaJenni Bank**
Elizabeth Healy*
LuigiRichard Crawley* (guest)
James Seay**
MicheleSang-Youb Lee**
Tim Mix* (guest)
  

Suor Angelica

Suor AngelicaNakia Verner**
Andrea Wiltzius*
Suora GenovieffaChi-Chen Chiang**
Darlene Enke*
La Zia Principessa      Alisa Grundmann**
Jo-Pei Weng*
  

Gianni Schicchi

LaurettaYoo-Jin Jeong**
Toni Palmertree*
NellaLesley Craigie*
Jessica Hanel**
CiescaJessica Renfro*
Evelyn Trester**
ZitaChi-Chun Chan*
Ilah Raleigh**
RinuccioJohn Artz**
Farrar Strum*
GherardoBenjamin Jeitz*
Robert Maril**
Gianni SchicchiTimothy Mix* (guest)
Nimrod Weisbrod**
MarcoMark Gardner**
Daniel Seigel*
BettoFrédéric Rey**
Ryan Stadler*
SimoneScott Elliott**
Tom McNichols*
Dottore/NotaioBenjamin Park*
William Waldrop**