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Your Reaction: What did you think of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci 2017/18?

Audience responses to Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning Royal Opera production.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 December 2017 at 12.21pm | 8 Comments

Press reviews:
Bachtrack ★★★★★
Times (£) ★★★★
Arts Desk ★★★

What did you think of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci?

Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci runs until 13 January 2018. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with La Monnaie, Brussels, Opera Australia and The Göteborg Opera; and is supported by Clos19 with generous philanthropic support from Mikhail Bakhtiarov, The Connoisseurs' Series and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 December 2017 at 12.21pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Damiano Michieletto, Cavalleria rusticana, Cavalleria rusticana pagliacci, Pagliacci, Production, review, your reaction

This article has 8 comments

  1. Helen Sansom responded on 5 December 2017 at 9:30am Reply

    A memorable, breathtaking first night - a superb production. Thank you ROH.

  2. Peter Lewis responded on 6 December 2017 at 6:14pm Reply

    Went to the matinee today. I'd seen this production before but somehow the new cast (plus those from before) gave an extra dimension with credible acting. Plus the marvelous Bryan Hymel's stamina for both operas. Superb!

  3. John R responded on 6 December 2017 at 7:21pm Reply

    Thrilling! I loved the production when I saw it new a couple of years ago; the bakery and the church hall on the revolve makes for a constantly changing setting in which these two dramas enfold. But it was the performances which made this such a stand-out event this year. Bryan Hymel was simply stunning in both roles. I've admired him in the French repertory that he is so good in - but his singing today was brilliant! The sparks were flying in the duet with Elina Garanca's gorgeously voiced Santuzza (although I think I marginally preferred Eva Maria Westbroek last time round). Simon Keenlyside's prologue was sung beautifully, and he was in good voice throughout, but he's almost too nice a chap for the devious Canio, and he tended to clown around at the expense of bringing out the sinister side of Canio's character. Carmen Giannattasio was also wonderful, and I though her duet with Andrzej Filonczyk was something special. A fabulous afternoon in the Opera House, with the extra bonus of Hymel singing both tenor roles in what I regard as one of the ROH's very best productions of the moment.

  4. A.Bisson responded on 11 December 2017 at 4:40am Reply

    Maestro Oren conducting has been the best, in this production! We want him in Butterfly and Chenier!

  5. Timothy Wood-Woolley responded on 13 December 2017 at 11:15am Reply

    To echo some of the other comments, I loved these productions when I saw them in 2015 but they seem even better last night. They are operas I seem to have known for ever but I have rarely heard them better sung, played or conducted. Daniel Oren seemed to even surpass Pappano in his command of orchestral detail reavealing both Mascagni's and Leoncavallo's scores to be the miracles I always believed they were.
    The productions had some oddities; Mamma Lucia running a bakery rather than a Tavern/Wine shop, which made Turiddu's leaving the village to source wine slightly illogical and the final words in Pagliacci being spoken by Tonio rather than Canio.
    That aside, it was a powerful production of what was an extremely eventful Easter Day in a village in Sicilly/Calabria - 1 death in a duel followed by two murders later in the same evening.

    • Sebastian Petit responded on 14 December 2017 at 8:47pm

      The score specifies that Tonio utters the final words of Pagliacci. It's only tenors on an ego trip who insist on appropriating the line!!

  6. DODA responded on 14 December 2017 at 2:08pm Reply

    Pagliacci- unforgettable impressions

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