The Triptych contains three one-act operas, which were initially supposed to be presented together. In the first part of his Divina Commedia, Dante visits the Circle of Impersonators and sees a man, Gianni Schicchi, being condemned to hell for impersonating Buoso Donati and falsely altering his will. Initially, Puccini opposed the idea of staging Gianni Schicchi outside of the original Triptych, but by he reluctantly consented to separate performances. Now, the opera is often staged alone, or with other short operas. Mi struggo e mi tormento!
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Anna Netrebko rose from cleaning lady at the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg to the highest echelons of opera, becoming, her many admirers will say, the leading soprano of her time. Arguably, in the classical realm Netrebko is the most popular singer to have emerged from the turn of the twenty first century era.
Discovered and promoted by Valery Gergiev , she began her career at the Mariinsky Theatre , collaborating with the conductor in the theater and performances elsewhere. She had been known for her rendition of lyric and coloratura soprano roles, most notably Donna Anna and Violetta in Verdi's La traviata , and proceeded into heavier 19th-century romantic roles, such as Leonora in Il trovatore and the role of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Since , she has turned her focus to Verismo repertoire. She has received multiple awards and honors and has substantial discography made primarily under Deutsche Grammophon. Netrebko was born in Krasnodar , in a family of Kuban Cossack background. Under Gergiev's guidance, in , Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22 as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro despite initially being billed as Barbarina. She debuted in the role of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata in the same year at the Mariinsky Theatre, and debuted as Amina in La sonnambula the following year. Her second album, Sempre Libera , was released the following year. She later appeared as Violetta in La traviata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and in she performed the same role at the Royal Opera House , Covent Garden to triumphant acclaim on the opening night,  opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in performances conducted by Maurizio Benini.