Oct 1, 2005 11:12 am
While not as popular as Puccini’s popular classics, I would not write off these wonderful operas so quickly. They may not bring in the crowds like some of his other operas but their draw would make any living composer envious.
In 2005 alone, these operas will be staged in 63 performances of 16 productions in New York, Washington, Milwaukee, St Petersburg, Munich, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Mainz, Liège, Las Palmas, Kiel, Jesi, Karlsruhe, Duisburg, Jerez and Christchurch.
This is obviously not as many as Tosca or La bohème, but in one year alone, Trittico has most likely logged more performances than the entire career totals for all of the operas of John Adams and John Corigliano together.
If you want more information, the standard works on Puccini by Budden and Osbourne devote considerable attention to Il Trittico. There are also interesting sections on Trittico in Keolker’s Last Acts and more detailed analysis in Macdonald’s Puccini: King of Verismo.