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01 March, 2016 — By Richard Osley

abarro melodrama aboard a barge in Paris. Then there’s a young nun’s suicide in the Suor Angelica tragedy in convent. And, lastly, farce of Michael Frayn quality in the final Gianni Schicchi comedy. Usually, one or other of the three operas is performed separately. But Puccini composed the three to provide a tour of the operatic genres of melodrama, tragedy and comedy – and that’s what you get in spades in the ROH production. It helps, of course, that the production has some super singers, among them American soprano Patricia Racette, Italian baritone Luigi Gallo and one-time American lorry driver Carl Tanner. Quite sensational, though, is Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho singing the title role in Sour Angelica. She is breathtaking as the young mother incarcerated in a convent five years after her illegitimate child has been taken from her

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