Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci are Italian opera’s most famous double act, but the two operas were written independently. Cavalleria Rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo, whose Pagliacci in 1892 was another triumph. The two works, each masterpieces in the verismo tradition, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy. Director Damiano Michieletto sets both within the same beautifully observed south Italian village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern and yet timeless. This production from 2015 was awarded an Olivier award.
A co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera.
Conductor: Daniel Oren Director: Damiano Michieletto Set designer: Paolo Fantin Costume designer: Carla Teti Lighting designer: Alessandro Carletti CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Music: Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Turiddu: Yonghoon Lee Santuzza: Liudmyla Monastyrska Alfio: Dimitri Platanias Lola: Josè Maria Lo Monaco PAGLIACCI Music: Ruggero Leoncavallo Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo Canio: Roberto Alagna Tonio: Dimitri Platanias Nedda: Aleksandra Kurzak Silvio: Bogdan Baciu Beppe: Mikeldi Atxlandabaso