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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes, including two intervals.

The operas:
Il tabarro: 53 mins
Interval: 20 mins
Suor Angelica: 55 mins
Interval: 20 mins
Gianni Schicchi: 54 mins

Please note

This production contains depictions of violence, including murder and suicide.

Il tabarro
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Desperation. Despair. Deception.

Il Trittico is an operatic treat: a rare chance to see three one-act operas performed together. Here is a brilliant composer reaching for greatness. Always seeking human stories, Puccini wanted to explore contrast, pouring his talent into the gritty melodrama of Il tabarro, the intimate tragedy of Suor Angelica and the surprising satire of Gianni Schicchi.

The audience is the winner, with a triple helping of Puccini’s sumptuous orchestral writing, famous arias (‘O mio babbino caro’ is so famous you know it even if you think you don’t) and the witty, tight ensemble singing of the best comedies.

With each opera presenting its own significant demands, Puccini’s triptych is rarely performed together. This is your chance to revel in everything opera has to offer, all at once.

See a new generation of Australian creative talent take their turn at Puccini: three outstanding directors with stories to tell. Constantine Costi, Imara Savage and Shaun Rennie are all making names for themselves in the Sydney opera and theatre scene. Thrilling young conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya makes her Sydney Opera House debut.

You’ll see a feast of Australian operatic talent, including Opera Australia regulars and singers returning home from successful seasons overseas. Soprano Lauren Fagan makes her Opera Australia debut singing the title role in Suor Angelica. Simon Meadows plays the conniving Gianni Schicchi, along with Il tabarro’s Michele. And Stacey Alleaume appears across all three operas and sings the timeless ‘O mio babbino caro’ as Lauretta.

“A near-perfect night at the opera… as good as it gets. ★★★★½”


“Dazzling… a five-star triumph ★★★★★”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A vibrant production… an ensemble opera par excellence. ★★★★½”

Australian Book Review

The Operas

Il tabarro

Il tabarro

53 minutes

A thrilling drama set on a barge in Paris, where a miserable marriage ends in murder. Filled with secrets, escalating tensions, desire, and betrayal.

Suor Angelica

Suor Angelica

55 minutes

A tale of a woman forced into a convent. An emotional journey where she confronts her troubled past and experiences a poignant moment of redemption and sacrifice. It is renowned for its heart-wrenching music of cinematic intensity.

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

54 minutes

Sparkling music meets controlled comedic chaos: a rollicking opera about greed, cunning and youth. With hidden identities, a contested will and one of opera’s most famous pieces of music, this is a clever, consistently funny hour of opera with unexpected twists.

The Music

Il tabarro at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Il tabarro at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Suor Angelica at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Suor Angelica at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Gianni Schicchi at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Gianni Schicchi at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Cast & Creative

Director - Il Tabarro
Director - Suor Angelica
Director - Gianni Schicchi
Set and Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Movement and Intimacy Director
Chloe Dallimore
Assistant Director
Song Seller
Young Lover
Young Lover
La Principessa
The Abbess
The Monitor
Sian Sharp (3–13 July, 19 July)
Celeste Haworth (15 & 17 July)
Mistress of Novices
Sister Genovieffa
Sister Osmina
Sister Dolcina
Nursing Sister
Lay Sister 1
Lay Sister 2
Alms Collector 1
Alms Collector 2
Gianni Schicchi
La Ciesca
Betto di Signa
Amantio di Nicolao
Millie Price
Hugo Gilmovich

Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus

Il Trittico at Sydney Opera House

Cheat Sheet: Il Trittico

A cheat's guide to Puccini’s one act triple-decker.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Il Trittico Design

The designs of Il Trittico

See Michael Hankin’s set and costume designs for Puccini’s incredible triple bill.

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7 surprising facts about Puccini

Discover the fascinating off-stage stories of the composer who gave the world La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot and Tosca.

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Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a three-course menu for just $97.

See the menu