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
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
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”…