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Dec. 13 2017

01/13/17-Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci-1.00 pm

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PIETRO MASCAGNI / RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Roberto Alagna takes on the leading tenor roles in both parts of opera’s most popular double bill. In Cavalleria Rusticana, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Eva-Maria Westbroek share the role of the woebegone Santuzza, with Aleksandra Kurzak as the hot-blooded Nedda in Pagliacci. Nicola Luisotti conducts Sir David McVicar’s production, which heightens the melo-dramaticaction of this timeless verismo pairing.

 

  • SUNG IN ITALIAN
  • ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 3 MINS
  • photo credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

CAST

Nicola Luisotti

CONDUCTOR

Nicola Luisotti

SANTUZZA

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Roberto Alagna

TURIDDU

Roberto Alagna

Željko Lučić

ALFIO

Željko Lučić

Aleksandra Kurzak

NEDDA

Aleksandra Kurzak

Roberto Alagna

CANIO

Roberto Alagna

TONIO

George Gagnidze

Alessio Arduini

SILVIO

Alessio Arduini

Cavalleria Rusticana, World premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1890. Met company premiere: Chicago (on tour), December 4, 1891. 

Pagliacci, World premiere: Teatro dal Verme, Milan, 1892. Met premiere: December 11, 1893.

Two tales of passion, jealousy, and death set in southern Italy, Cav/Pag have been all but inseparable on the opera stages of the world since the Met first presented them as a double bill in 1893. The overwhelming success of Cavalleria was crucial in launching the verismo movement, inspiring other composers (including Leoncavallo) to turn to stories and characters from real life, and often from society’s grungier elements.

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