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Puccini Trittico
Opera + LGBT

Puccini Trittico

An LGBTQ revisioning of Puccini's beloved masterpiece.

Carmina Priapea's revisioning debut of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, Il trittico, brings hot issues in the gay community through traditional three one-act opera pieces.

Tabarro is revisioned as a comment on the gay community’s obsession with youth. In Suor Angelica, the cruelty & dangers of conversion therapy is depicted through a harrowing unfolding of events. While Gianni Schicchi’s adaption takes a light-hearted look at a family’s acceptance of a same-sex couple’s marriage.

In Tabarro, Michele & his lover George make ends meet on a boat ferrying goods between cities. Since the death of their bambino, things have not been the same between the two of them. George has become withdrawn from the much older Michele, & secretly yearns to return to city life. One of the younger dock loaders have caught George’s eye & the two have started an affair, despite the threat of Michele’s violent temper…

Suor Angelica finds a group of traumatised young people trying to hold on to their sanity in a gay conversion therapy centre. Some of them have been there for weeks, others for months... some of them longer. Amongst them is a loner, whom everyone calls "Sister Angelica". Very little is known about him except that he is the go-to-guy for "herbs", comes from a wealthy family & in all the time that he has been at the clinic he has not received a single visitor. Then one day he receives a visitor... with news that will change everything for him.

Gianni Schicchi, an infamous conman, has a charming son, Larry, who has fallen in love with one of the sons of the wealthy Donati family. In addition to the Donati’s disapproving of this scandalous relationship, the family are also dealing with rumours of disinheritance, as their patriarch Buoso lays dying. Whoever could help them out of this desperate situation?

Join us for Carmina Priapea’s debut at King's Head Theatre!


Originally conceived by Giacomo Puccini
Produced by Carmina Priapea 

Michele, owner of a barge | Alistair Sutherland (Baritone)
George, his partner | Calvin Wells (Soprano)
Luigi, stevedore | Robert Felstead (Tenor)
Talpa, stevedore | Michael Mario Georgiou (Bass)
La Frugola, his wife, & Midinette II | Katherine Cooper (Mezzo-soprano)
Tinca, & Stevedore | Robin Whitehouse (Tenor)
Midinette I | Karlene Moreno-Hayworth (Soprano)
Stivadori | Michael Mario Georgiou & Peter Coleman (Baritone)

Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica – Calvin Wells (Soprano)
La zia principessa – Katherine Cooper (Mezzo-soprano)
La suora zelatrice – Richard Decker (Counter-tenor)
La maestra delle novizie – Josh Elmore (Counter-tenor)
Suor Genovieffa – Karlene Moreno-Hayworth (Soprano)
Suor Osmina – Robin Whitehouse (Tenor)
Choir of Angels – Robert Felstead (Tenor), Robin Whitehouse (Tenor), Michael Mario Georgiou (Bass), Peter Coleman (Bass) 

Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi – Alistair Sutherland (Baritone)
Larry, his son – Karlene Moreno-Hayworth (Soprano)
Zita, Buoso's cousin – Katherine Cooper (Mezzo-soprano)
Rinuccio, Zita's nephew, in love with Lauretta – Robert Felstead (Tenor)
Gherardo, Buoso's nephew – Robin Whitehouse (Tenor)
Nella, his wife – Calvin Wells (Soprano)
Betto, their son – Josh Elmore (Counter-tenor)
Simone, Buoso’s cousin – Michael Mario Georgiou (Baritone)
Marco, his son – Peter Coleman (Baritone)
La Ciesca, Marco’s wife – Richard Decker (Counter-tenor)
Master Spinelloccio, Physician & Amantio di Nicolao, Notary – Peter Coleman (Baritone)

Ticket Price

£12.50 - £15


13, 20 & 21 Nov



"In Carmina Priapea’s LBGTQI version of Tosca, the title character, sung by the male soprano Calvin Wells… proved that a gay Tosca works. Wells’s Floria Tosca was a jealous guy… at his best in his showdown with Scarpia and in his suitably forlorn ‘Vissi d’arte'★★★★ Opera Magazine (for Tosca)

"A revelation! Tutte's humour performed seriously and professionally. Not camped up by the changed genders. Serious is funny. The cast were splendid, top class opera singers & actors" ★★★★ Audience Club (for Cosi Fan Tutte)

"So interesting to see this opera & its adaption to our modern times. Open to imagination is certainly the initial darkness on the stage as no sunlight is allowed in the castle" ★★★★ Audience Club (for Bluebeard’s Castle)


Duration | Approx 3.5 hours with two 15 minute intervals between each section of the opera. 

Content Warning | This production contains suggestions of sex & violence.

Programme | Click here to access the digital programme!


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