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

Music: Pietro Mascagni
Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci
Turiddu: Yonghoon Lee
Santuzza: Liudmyla Monastyrska
Alfio: Dimitri Platanias
Lola: Josè Maria Lo Monaco

Music: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canio: Roberto Alagna
Tonio: Dimitri Platanias
Nedda: Aleksandra Kurzak
Silvio: Bogdan Baciu
Beppe: Mikeldi Atxlandabaso

  • Director :
  • Damiano Michieletto
  • Starring :
  • Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti , Guido Menasci, Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Release Date :
  • 21 Jan 2020
  • Certificate :
  • 12A
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