Daniel Harding conducts two masterpieces of the Italian repertoire: Il Tabarro by Puccini (first part of the Trittico) and Don Carlo by Verdi (Acts III and IV).
Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, etc. Each year, Puccini can be sure to have at least one of his works played in the most prestigious international venues. Not only was he a prolific author, he also knew how to give a universal meaning to the tragic issues he tackled, bringing new life to the Italian opera. Puccini gave a special place to theatre... without neglecting, of course, the melody! Indeed, his scores are some of the most brilliant of the operatic repertoire: "O mio babbino caro," "Vissi d'arte," "E lucevan le stelle," etc. The Trittico (The Triptych) was created in 1913, when Puccini deeply wanted to compose three one-act operas, complementary, and supposed to be played together. Il Tabarro, inspired by Didier Gold's play The Cloak, was the first part of the Triptych. Despite its expressiveness, Il Tabarro did not receive a warm welcome, and Gianni Schicchi became the most important work of this trilogy. Lucio Gallo and Barbara Frittoli will sing the tragic love of Michele and Giorgetta.
During the second part of the concert, Daniel Harding will conduct Don Carlo's Act III and Act IV, an emblematic opera by Verdi. Composed in 1867, Don Carlo is one of Verdi's most brilliant operas, though less famous than La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Aida. Some melodies, such as "Ella giammai m'amò," particularly stay in mind. The instrumentation is remarkable and pioneering, precursor to Otello and Falstaff. But above all, the story, taking place at the end of the 16th century, at the dawn of the conflict between France and Spain propels Don Carlo to the rank of masterpiece. Just like a tragedy by Racine, the lovers' fate is quickly sealed by politics, turning out to be more powerful. This Puccini night will give the opportunity to see perform the singers Vittorio Grigolo, Lianna Haroutounian, Lucio Gallo and Mikhail Petrenko.
Picture: Vittorio Grigolo (Don Carlo) and Lucio Gallo (Rodrigo) © Nicolas Brodard.
Cet opéra est présenté en version sous-titrée en français. Traduction et adaptation : Sylvie Durastanti.
Orchestra and choirs of the Opéra de Paris, Georges Sébastian (conductor)
Verbier Festival 2010