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Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (2015)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: About 3 hours, including one interval

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (2015)

Damiano Michieletto directs new productions of Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s greatest operas.

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Background

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. Cavalleria rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. His Pagliacci in 1892 was another triumph. The two works, each undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition of realism, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy.

Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern and yet timeless. The production was widely praised at its premiere, and summarized by the Financial Times as ‘a gripping evening all round’.

Mixed programme

These works are performed together:

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci Digital Programme

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci Digital Programme
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Digital Programmes bring together a range of specially selected films, audio clips, pictures, articles, features, news and information, as well as exclusives and updates, and highlights from the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, SoundCloud and Flickr pages. Features are added as the performances approach, to enhance your experience of a production.

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

To find out more visit the Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (2015) production page.