Puccini: Il trittico – Il tabarro

Opera 100

Here we write a 100-word précis of numerous opera plots. This is an ongoing and serendipitous series, the idea being to present the storyline in an instant.

Puccini: Il trittico – Il tabarro

by: Kevin Rogers

At sunset on the River Seine, Michele, owner of a barge, watches the stevedores finish their work, unaware that one of them, Luigi, is the lover of his wife Giorgetta. Michele’s suspicions grow when he meets them both. When Michele departs, Giorgetta arranges a rendezvous with Luigi for later that night. Conversely, Michele begs Giorgetta that they return to their former love and happiness; she rebuffs him. When meeting Luigi, and tormented by thoughts of his wife’s betrayal, Michele kills him upon getting him to confess to his disloyalty. Giorgetta returns and, in triumph, Michele reveals the corpse of Luigi.

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