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Articles categorised as "Opera"

Pagliacci Musical Highlight: ‘Vesti la giubba’

27 November 2015

In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.

Listen: Antonio Pappano on Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci — ‘The music is always on the verge of tears’

26 November 2015

The conductor on why Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s operas, immortalized in films including The Godfather, so perfectly encapsulate Italy and its people.

Watch: Insights into The Royal Opera’s new production of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci

25 November 2015

Director Damiano Michieletto and sopranos Eva-Maria Westbroek and Carmen Giannattasio discuss these passionate verismo operas.

Watch: Semyon Bychkov on Eugene Onegin – ‘The story that touches everyone’

23 November 2015

The acclaimed Russian conductor explores his personal response to this great Russian opera, one of his ‘first operatic loves’.

Opera Essentials: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

20 November 2015

Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: The Attilio Comelli Design Collection

19 November 2015

This extensive and beautiful collection from a pioneer of opera costume design gives an invaluable insight into the history of stagewear.

Watch: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci Insight

19 November 2015

YouTube live stream features insights and live performances from the operas by Mascagni and Leoncavallo.

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

Cast change: Artur Ruciński to sing in Eugene Onegin on 4 and 7 January 2016

19 November 2015

Polish baritone to replace Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role

Listen: Director Damiano Michieletto on Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci – ‘I want the audience to feel real emotions’

18 November 2015

The Italian opera director discusses his new production of the Italian verismo masterpieces.

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