Selected Vue cinemas will screen the dramatic operatic collection, Il Trittico via a live broadcast from London’s Royal Opera House on 6th February at 7.00pm.
Il Trittico is a collection of three mini operas centred on the themes of love and deception – with the stories of ‘Il Tabarro’, ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’ encompassing everything from jealously, murder and suicide to romance and joy.
Il Tabarro is a dark, brooding and violent opera. Set in 1910 on a barge on the Seine in Paris, the narrative charts the love triangle between Giorgetta, her husband Michele and her lover, Luigi. The lovers plot to murder Michele goes tragically wrong, resulting in Luigi’s death.
In contrast, Suor Angelica is an uplifting tale of religious redemption. Set in a convent near Siena in the latter part of the 17th century, the narrative revolves around Sister Angelica – condemned to a convent by her noble family after giving birth to an illegitimate son. During a visit from her sister she learns of her son’s death and, devastated by the news, she takes her own life. In a happy twist, she is forgiven by the Virgin Mary on her way to heaven and reunited with her son.
Gianni Schicchi is the third and most popular opera in the series. Set in 1299 Florence, this short narrative centres on Gianni Schicchi. He is enlisted by the gluttonous Donati family to assume the identity of their rich relative Buoso, in order to dictate his will to their benefit. However, despite agreeing to help the Dotani’s, they refuse to let Gianni’s daughter marry into their family due to her low social standing. Ginanni, in the guise of Buoso, then dictates that Buoso’s estate should go to his ‘devoted friend, Gianni Schicchi’. After chasing the family out of the house and instating himself in residence, Gianni reveals there is nothing which now prevents his daughter from marrying into their family.
Il Trittico, composed by Giacomo Puccini, has not been performed at The Royal Opera since 1965 and will be captured on Vue’s Dolby Digital ‘Profound Sound’, which provides a professionally mixed and optimised audio for a pitch-perfect production. The engaging performance and dramatic sets are shot from various angles around the auditorium and presented in High Definition on Vue’s super-sized screens. Vue’s comfortable stadium style seating offers cinema-goers the perspective of the best seats in the house.
Mark De Quervain, Sales and Marketing Director of Vue Entertainment, comments: “We’re thrilled to be presenting Il Trittico on our screens. It is a unique operatic production, comprised of three very different narratives which will take viewers on a compelling and emotional rollercoaster. “This is the first in a series of incredible classical productions that Vue will be screening over the upcoming year. With Romero and Juliet, Rigoletto and La Fille Mal Gerdee in the line-up, Vue is set to wow its audiences in 2012.”