In Il trittico, the poetic black-and-white imagery of video designer Manuel Braun offers the audience a unique glimpse behind the walls of the convent in Suor Angelica. As we follow him during the shoot at the La Cambre Abbey, he explains how he intends to enrich Puccini's opera with his video designs.
The set and costume designer Rainer Sellmaier gave each of the three operas in Il trittico its own aesthetic universe. In this video, he explains from the stage his specific approach to the neo-noir vibe in the first piece, Il tabarro.
In between rehearsals for Il trittico, we asked director Tobias Kratzer for his take on each of the three Puccini operas, and how, in all their diversity, he still manages to link them to each other. "I'm not going to give away all the surprises, but..."
The brief contents of the three operas, summarised by stage director Tobias Kratzer.
The La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra was established 250 years ago. Who better to highlight in celebration of this anniversary than the artists in the orchestra pit? We invited cellist Sébastien Walnier to discuss life as it is in the orchestra, his love for Puccini and why the cello stole his heart.