A fortunate coincidence of events took place during this month of November at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico: the 61st anniversary of its creation and its first Festival of Arts, and to celebrate what better to present, in a single night, the works Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro, the trilogy of operas in an act that make up El Trittico, (The Tritic) by Giaccomo Puccini, composed in 1918 and whose first centenary is also celebrated this year.
The show took place last Friday, November 23 at the City Theater, and was in charge of the members of the Opera Studio of Coahuila and artists from the Ministry of Culture and the Autonomous University of Coahuila, directed by Alejandro Reyes- Valdés and Gabriel Neaves.
It was three years of intense work to achieve this triple assembly, a challenge that very few companies assume. Usually one or two of the pieces are presented, but on very rare occasions the three complete works are presented in the same presentation, a feat that earned them a long and enthusiastic ovation from the audience.
The work began in 2016 with the assembly of the first work, the emotional drama Suor Angelica, in 2017 it was the turn of the comedy Gianni Schicchi; in this way directors, producers and artists gained experience in those two years, and the public became familiar with the work of Puccini, preparing for this year’s event, which caused great expectations; thus, in this opportunity the first two works were presented again and it was also the premiere of Il Tabarro, the third piece that was missing for staging. It was a montage of almost four hours, with two half-minutes between one and another work.
It is important to note that this presentation made by the Autonomous University of Coahuila on its 61st anniversary also has a historical character, as it coincided with the presentation of the same trilogy made by the Metropolitan Opera of New York on that same night, both being the only ones in celebrating simultaneously the first centenary of El Trittico.
The opera, Puccini, the commemoration of anniversaries and the Autonomous University of Coahuila, the most recognized institution in northeastern Mexico, shone at the same time. Strong applause! This is how the spokesperson and president of our NGO, Pedro J. Torres, expressed himself by sharing the present information.