Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
Cavalleria rusticana / Pietro Mascagni
Pagliacci / Ruggero Leoncavallo
Revival
Duration: about 3 hours, one interval
Duration: about 3 hours, one interval
Cavalleria rusticana
Pietro Mascagni
Murder out of jealousy – with the suspense of a shocker novel and with the luxuriant beauties of Italian belcanto singing at its best, there can hardly be any other opera which demonstrates this theme on stage like the two one-act operas “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945) and “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857–1919).

In Mascagni’s “Rustic Chivalry”, first performed in Roma in 1890, the drama unfolds itself in a Sicilian village. Santuzza sincerely loves Turiddu, but he is betraying her with his former flame Lola. Beside herself after a confrontation, Santuzza tells Alfio, Lola’s husband, what is going on. Alfio challenges Turiddu to a knife duel, Sicilian style, and kills him.
 
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Pietro Mascagni
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Melodramma in one act
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci after the eponymous play and novella by Giovanni Verga

In Italian with German surtitles
 

Musikalische Leitung Enrico Dovico
Inszenierung Christof Loy
Bühne und Kostüme Herbert Murauer
Chorleitung Gerhard Michalski
Choreographische Einstudierung Jacqueline Davenport
 
Santuzza Tanja Ariane Baumgartner / Sorina Munteanu
Turiddu Mikhail Agafonov / Ricardo Tamura
Lucia Renée Morloc
Alfio Oleg Bryjak
Lola Annika Kaschenz
Chor Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Extrachor
Orchester Duisburger Philharmoniker
 
Pagliacci
Ruggero Leoncavallo
As in Mascagni’s piece, the main motor of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”, first performed two years later in Milan, is jealousy. Nedda, wife of Canio, actor-manager of a troupe of strolling players, is having an affair with the peasant Silvio, who begs her to give up her wandering theatrical life. Tonio, another actor, is unhappily in love with Nedda himself, makes a pass at her and vows revenge when she repulses him. He reveals Nedda’s affair to Canio. But before Canio can hear more and have it out with Nedda, it is time for him to dress up as “Pagliaccio” and put on the evening’s piece. The story enacted onstage is the same as his real situation, and, no longer able to distinguish between the play and reality, Canio kills his wife and her lover.

In 1893, only a year after the “Pagliacci” première, The Milan music-publisher and impresario had the idea of performing both pieces together on the same evening at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Ever since, the two works have much more often than not been put on as a double-bill, and personify the style of Italian verismo to this day.
 
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Ruggero Leoncavallo
PAGLIACCI

Drama in two acts and a prologue
Libretto by the composer

In Italian with German surtitles
 

Musikalische Leitung Enrico Dovico
Inszenierung Christof Loy
Bühne und Kostüme Herbert Murauer
Licht Hanns Haas
Chorleitung Gerhard Michalski
Leitung Kinderchor Klaus Wallrath
 
Canio Zoran Todorovich
Nedda Olga Mykytenko / Nataliya Kovalova
Tonio Boris Statsenko / Oleg Bryjak
Beppo Ovidiu Purcel / Cornel Frey
Silvio Dmitri Vargin / Laimonas Pautienius / Dmitry Lavrov
Chor Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Kinderchor Mitglieder der Chorschule St. Margareta
Orchester Duisburger Philharmoniker
 

 

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