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Opera

Cavalleria Rusticana
& Pagliacci

Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo

Presentation

One of the most popular opera double-headers is once again on the bill at La Monnaie after an absence of 15 years. In these two short operas, obsessive love and jealousy give rise to explosive emotions and passionate outbursts in the music. In both Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, the stage is peopled by characters of flesh and blood. Reality becomes theatre and, when the masks drop, the theatre becomes reality. Mascagni and Leoncavallo brought rural Italy to the opera stage, ushering in musical verismo. Following his summery Elisir d’amore (2015), Damiano Michieletto is our guest once more with a Mediterranean drama that seems tailor-made for him. He moves the action to the late twentieth century, in a village in southern Italy in the grip of poverty and hypocrisy. Together with the spectators in Pagliacci, we may ask ourselves ‘Do they really? Is it serious?’ Come along and find out for yourself.

Building bridges

The performance of 20 March is reserved for vulnerable groups, schools & artists.

Cast
Cast

ConductorEVELINO PIDÒ
DirectorDAMIANO MICHIELETTO

Set designPAOLO FANTIN
CostumesCARLA TETI
LightingALESSANDRO CARLETTI
Chorus masterMARTINO FAGGIANI

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

SantuzzaEVA-MARIA WESTBROEK
ALEX PENDA (7, 13, 16, 20, 22.03.2018)

LolaJOSÈ MARIA LO MONACO
TuridduTEODOR ILINCAI
LEONARDO CAIMI (7, 13, 16, 20, 22.03.2018)

AlfioDIMITRI PLATANIAS
LuciaELENA ZILIO

PAGLIACCI

NeddaAINHOA ARTETA
CanioCARLO VENTRE
TonioSCOTT HENDRICKS
PeppeTANSEL AKZEYBEK
SilvioGABRIELE NANI

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
MM Academy & La Monnaie Children's Chorus led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
Co-productionROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN, OPERA AUSTRALIA, GÖTEBORGSOPERAN

Agenda

Agenda