On Friday, the 23rd of November, The Trittico of Puccini will be presented at the Teatro de la Ciudad Fernando Soler by the Coahuila Opera Studio (AFA) and the Orchestra of the Desert.
What is Puccini’s Trittico?
It’s a collection of three, one-act operas. Puccini debuted them on December 18, 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of their debut, and the Coahuila Opera Studio’s director, Alejandro Reyes Valdez wanted to commemorate the anniversary by presenting them on their 100th birthday.
The closest he could get was the 23rd, so we’re rolling with that!
The three operas that comprise the entire trittico thematically represent heaven, purgatory, and hell. (Puccini was a good Italian, invoking Dante and all.) 😉 The conflict of all three of them revolves around “the consealment of a death“.
Last year, the Opera Studio presented Gianni Schicchi at the Besana Theater, downtown. It’s quick moving, very physical, and awfully funny–even if you’re not keeping up with the traslation on the screen. Gianni Schicchi is the vehicle to explore heaven. (Or it simply has a happy ending.)
Two years ago, the Coahuila Opera Studio presented Suor Angelica, with a cast of fifteen women, led by Alejandra López Fuentes. It’s the story of Suor Angelica, exiled to a convent and is the story of her resignation, despair, and redemption. This is the purgatory of the trittico.
This year the Opera Studio has spent most of the year getting ready for the third installment, Il Tabarro. Representing hell, it has its darker moments, but the music still remains light in places. Not having seen it yet, it’s still a bit of a mystery. (But I don’t recommend taking kids to that one!)
But given the success of the first two installments, it’s going to be a treat to see them all together!
Head out to the Teatro de la Ciudad Fernando Soler to catch all three of the operas the comprise Puccini’s Trittico on November 23, 2018 in Saltillo, Coahuila!
Video credit: Alejandro Flores