Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
24, 27, 30 October 2014
In 2014, all Shortwork Operas will be performed in Whites Hotel. This is a 5 min walk from Wexford Opera House.
Sung in Italian.
The Cloak – ‘Il Tabarro’ – is the first work in Il Trittico, Puccini’s trio of one-act operas (the other two are Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica), which were first performed in New York in 1918. It is a verismo melodrama set among the barges on the river Seine in Paris in 1910; a dark, passionate opera about a marriage that has gone sour, a love triangle, economic anxieties, unemployment and a lovers’ assignation that goes tragically wrong. The barge owner Michele remembers the days when he could cover both himself and his wife Giorgetta with his cloak. Now he suspects her of infidelity with one of his stevedores.