New on takt1: Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana

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Robert Carsen directs, Lorenzo Viotti conducts “Pagliacci” and “Cavalleria Rusticana” in Amsterdam.

  • Pagliacci | Copyright: © De Nationale Opera

    Pagliacci © De Nationale Opera

  • Lorenzo Viotti | Copyright: © Wolf-Dieter Grabner

    Lorenzo Viotti © Wolf-Dieter Grabner

It's the most famous double-feature in the history of opera: Leoncavallo's “Pagliacci”, followed (in a reversal of the traditional order) by Mascagni's rural drama “Cavalleria rusticana”. Both works tell a tale of love and murder in the style of Italian verismo. In “Pagliacci”, the line between theater and reality is blurred. Only when it's already too late does the on-stage audience realize that the play within a play has become deadly serious.

The Cast:
Brandon Jovanovich, Anita Rachvelishvili, Rihab Chaieb, Roman Burdenko

For Robert Carsen's ingenious Amsterdam staging, Lorenzo Viotti conducts the two operas at his future artistic home: beginning in the 2021/22 season, he will be chief conductor of the Dutch National Opera.

English title Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana
Production year 2019
Composer Ruggero Leoncavallo
Composer Pietro Mascagni
Original title of music work Pagliacci
Original title of music work Cavalleria Rusticana
Conductor Lorenzo Viotti
Stage Director Robert Carsen



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