3-19 May 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

4:00, incl. 2 intervals



Il trittico

Puccini’s three faces

Giacomo Puccini composed his Il trittico as a trio of one-act operas, the first evoking horror, the second sadness and the third laughter. Now for the first time, the three short operas are being performed together by Dutch National Opera. This concludes the Puccini cycle that conductor Lorenzo Viotti and stage director Barrie Kosky have produced over three seasons. 

Photo: Marta Syrko

Puccini’s three faces

The three one-act operas are very different in character, setting and subject matter, but they share one key feature: death. In Il tabarro (The cloak), a sailor and his wife have lost their only child and have become fatally estranged in the aftermath. The main character in Suor Angelica was banished to a convent after giving birth to an illegitimate baby. There, seven years later, she learns that her son has died. In desperation, she commits suicide but as she dies she is forgiven by the Virgin Mary in a vision. In Gianni Schicchi, a rich old man dies. His greedy family try to get their hands on the inheritance with the help of the cunning farmer Schicchi.


Puccini year

2024 is precisely 100 years since the death of Giacomo Puccini at the age of 66. As a composer, Puccini is known for his refined theatrical instincts and powerful emotional eloquence. In this ‘Puccini year’, Dutch National Opera will be presenting the Italian composer’s most diverse work, Il trittico, in which he demonstrates his mastery of three different genres.

The role of Suor Angelica, a character whose tragedy never fails to move, will be sung by soprano Elena Stikhina, who previously gave a stunning performance in the title role of Madama Butterfly at DNO.

Contribute to this Green Deal production

Contribute to this Green Deal production

We are making this performance as sustainable as possible 

We believe it is important to be sustainable when creating art so that future generations too can continue to enjoy the magic on our stage. That is why we are looking at how we can make our productions more sustainable. Among other things, this has resulted in our own Green Deal – a guideline for how to reduce the environmental impact of productions.

This production was created in accordance with the Green Deal as one of the first in a series. We are learning all we can from our experiences, and this will help us adapt our approach next season.

To offset the unavoidable emissions resulting from this performance, Dutch National Opera & Ballet is partnering with Trees For All, a charity recognised by the Netherlands Fundraising Regulator. Trees For All plants trees in the Netherlands and abroad for a better climate, more biodiversity and a healthier living environment.  

Audiences attending this performance are being offered the opportunity to make an extra contribution to two forest sustainability projects: new loam-soil woodland in the Groene Woud nature area in Brabant (Netherlands) and the restoration of the tropical rainforest and habitat of the orang-utan in Borneo.


Help the planet keep its forests

You too can contribute to these forest sustainability projects. If you buy tickets online for Il trittico, you will get the option during the payment process to add an extra amount. Your contribution goes directly to Trees For All.

Performance information

Sung in Italian

Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction  Barrie Kosky
Set design  Rebecca Ringst
Costume design  Victoria Behr
Lighting design  Joachim Klein

Il tabarro

Libretto  Giuseppe Adami

Michele  Daniel Luis de Vicente
Luigi  Joshua Guerrero
Tinca  Mark Omvlee
Talpa  Sam Carl 
Giorgetta  Leah Hawkins
La Frugola  Raehann Bryce-Davis
Due amanti  Inna Demenkova, Tigran Matinyan
Un venditore di canzonette Tigran Matinyan

Suor Angelica

Libretto  Giovacchino Forzano

Suor Angelica  Elena Stikhina
La zia Principessa  Raehann Bryce-Davis
La Badessa  Helena Rasker
La suora Zelatrice  Polly Leech
La maestra delle novizie  Eva Kroon
Suor Genovieffa  Inna Demenkova
Suor Osmina   Ruth Willemse 
Suor Dolcina  Sophia Hunt*
La suora infermiera  Martina Myskohlid*
Prima cercatrice  Lisette Bolle
Seconda cercatrice  Yvonne Kok
Prima conversa  Sophia Hunt*
Seconda conversa  Elsa Barthas
La novizia  Vida Matičič Malnaršič
Chorus soloists  Caroline Cartens, Anna Emelianova, Tomoko Makuuchi, Elizabeth Poz, Klarijn Verkaart

Gianni Schicchi

Libretto  Giovacchino Forzano

Gianni Schicchi  Daniel Luis de Vicente
Lauretta  Inna Demenkova
Zita  Helena Rasker
Rinuccio  Joshua Guerrero
Gherardo  Mark Omvlee
Nella  Sophia Hunt*
Betto di Signa  Sam Carl
Simone  Scott Wilde
Marco  Georgiy Derbas-Richter*
La Ciesca  Polly Leech
Maestro Spinelloccio Tomeu Bibiloni
Ser Amantio De Nicolao Frederik Bergman
Pinellino  Emmanuel Franco
Guccio  Christiaan Peters

* Dutch National Opera Studio

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Children’s Chorus (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Children’s chorus master  Anaïs de la Morandais

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Online programme

Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.

Il trittico - Behind the scenes

Il trittico Behind the Scenes

The climax of Lorenzo Viotti and Barrie Kosky’s Puccini cycle

Gianni Schicchi
Il trittico - Gianni Schicchi - DNO (2024) | Photos: Monika Rittershaus
Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi
Suor Angelica
Il trittico - Suor Angelica - DNO (2024) | Photos: Monika Rittershaus
Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica
Il tabarro
Il trittico - Il tabarro - DNO (2024) | Photos: Monika Rittershaus
Il tabarro
Il tabarro
Trailer - voor de plantenkar
Soprano Elena Stikhina sings 'Senza mamma' in Suor Angelica
'O mio babbino caro' sung by Inna Demenkova in Gianni Schicchi
'Nulla! Silenzio!' sung by Daniel Luis de Vicente in Il tabarro - Il trittico | Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera for over thirty years. They are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main regular stage for their concerts.

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and Gordan Nicolić (musical leader of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestras  collaborate with both internationally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists and top-class musicians from the up-and-coming generation.

The orchestras perform at numerous venues, bringing people together through their music and giving both classical music aficionados and new audiences the perfect musical experience. With their welcoming home base in the NedPhO Dome in Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt neighbourhood, the two orchestras are at the heart of the community and aim to make classical music accessible to everyone who shows an interest.

In the 2023/2024 season, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing the operas Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyLohengrinIl trittico and Oedipus Rex / Antigone. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra can be heard in Die Zauberflöte and Roberto Devereux


in the media

Wonderful production” | “The wonderful, shocking and hilarious production was rightly loudly applauded by the premiere audience.

4 May

Above all, Barrie Kosky just makes something beautiful out of the three Puccini operas: Il tabarro: small and intense ... Suor Angelica: blood curdling ... Gianni Schicchi: laugh out loud

4 May

A lump in the throat ... Blistering ... Kosky's timing for jokes is equally good ... Just what the audience needs

5 May

A compact, lyrical and emotional performance

3 May
Il trittico
Rehearsal Il trittico - Suor Angelica - DNO 2024 | Photos: Bart Grietens
Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica
Il trittico - Gianni Schicchi
Rehearsal Il trittico - Gianni Schicchi - DNO 2024 | Photos: Bart Grietens
Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi
Il tabarro
Rehearsal Il trittico - Il tabarro - DNO 2024 | Photos: Bart Grietens
Il tabarro
Il tabarro

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