Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

Mario Martone (stage director), Daniel Harding (conductor) — With José Cura (Canio), Oksana Dyka (Nedda), Luciana D'Intino (Santuzza), Giuseppina Piunti (Lola) ...

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Mario Martone — Stage director

Sergio Tramonti — Scenography

Ursula Patzak — Costume designer

Pasquale Mari — Lighting

Cavalleria Rusticana:

Luciana D'Intino — Santuzza

Giuseppina Piunti — Lola

Salvatore Licitra — Turiddu

Claudio Sgura — Alfio

Elena Zilio — Mamma Lucia


Oksana Dyka — Nedda

José Cura — Canio

Ambrogio Maestri — Tonio

Celso Albelo — Beppe / Arlecchino

Mario Cassi — Silvio

Program notes

The classic double bill of operatic verismo returns to the storied stage of La Scala in Milan with a visually singular and vocally striking production by stage director Mario Martone! Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci—known affectionately as “Cav and Pag” when performed together, as is often the case—are musically and stylistically different, but both depict the tragic consequences of romantic jealousy run amok.

Martone’s unconventional stagings, moody and atmospheric, highlight the drama of both works as Daniel Harding’s musical direction brings out the gorgeous melodies of Cavalleria (including its beloved Intermezzo, often performed as a concert piece) and the expressive power of Pagliacci (Bachtrack). The late, great Salvatore Licitra, in one of his last roles, shines as the soldier Turiddu, and the reliably brilliant José Cura brings heartbreaking pathos to tragic clown Canio—you’ll be applauding even after “the comedy is over”…

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