Saturday afternoon, April 13th at NOON
Il Trittico is composed of three one-act operas in the style of the Parisian Grand Guignol — a brutal episode (Il Tabarro), a sentimental tragedy (Suor Angelica) and a comedic farce (Gianni Schicchi). Il Trittico is full of dramatic and thrilling moments. Musically, the operas are undeniably Puccini, with gloriously soaring melodies, emotional reality, and melodramatic theater that make each one exciting (and often heart-breaking) to watch.
Il Tabarro (The Cloak): The first opera, taken on a barge on the River Seine in Paris, is about jealousy and murder. Very dark and brooding, the opera is full of the violence and grit associated with verismo opera.
Suor Angelica: The second opera (Puccini’s personal favorite), taken in a convent near Siena, Italy, is the tragedy and suicide of a fallen nun. With the miracle of the Virgin Mary’s appearance, it becomes an uplifting tale of religious redemption.
Gianni Schicchi: The third opera, the most popular of the three, is a comedic farce about the contents of the late Buoso Donati’s last will and testament. It is full of family greed and scheming and includes Puccini’s famous aria, “O mio babbino caro.”
Running Time: 180 minutes with two intermissions
Read / download the synopsis: Il Trittico
Newcomers to opera — These presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera, so you can catch up on the story. The opera DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.
The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater and enjoy the show with our fabulous new projector (both made possible by your generous donations).
Socializing, barbecue and pot luck will be held between 12:00-1:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. Il Trittico starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. with two intermissions.
Opera Schedule 2018-19
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00 p.m.
DVD opera presentation: 1:00 p.m.
“Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak and Marcello Giordani
“Cinderella” by Alma Deutscher
Starring Vanessa Becerra and Jonas Hacker; conducted by Jan Glover
“The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Starring Réne Pape, Erika Miklósa, Ying Huang and Nathan Gunn; a Julie Taymor Production
“Il Trittico” (three operas) by Giacomo Puccini
2011 Royal Opera House Production
“Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner
Starring Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong and Bernd Weikl
“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith