Mascagni’s draws on church music in this masterful and intense evocation of a small community and one guilt-ridden woman’s position outside of it.
News and features regarding ‘Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci by Damiano Michieletto’
- 30 November 2015
- 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.
- 25 November 2015
Director Damiano Michieletto and sopranos Eva-Maria Westbroek and Carmen Giannattasio discuss these passionate verismo operas.
- 20 November 2015
Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.
- 19 November 2015
YouTube live stream features insights and live performances from the operas by Mascagni and Leoncavallo.
- 19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
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.
- 14 July 2015
The Dutch soprano on her love of verismo and the charms of Mascagni's opera.
‘If you reach just one person through music, that is enough’ - Carmen Giannattasio on the challenges of being an opera singer22 June 2015
From gentle Mimì to regal bitch, soprano Carmen Giannattasio has surmounted immense challenges in her operatic roles as well as her private life.
- 15 January 2015
Operas about ‘real people’ and verismo operas are not always the same thing.