Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria Rusticana, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) are the unlucky heroines, and George Gagnidze sings both Alfio and Tonio. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min.
About Eva-Maria Westbroek
Eva-Maria Westbroek has become one of the most acclaimed and widely-recognized classical singers in the world today. She has appeared in nearly all of the great opera houses and festivals in the world including the Bayreuth and Aix en Provence Festivals, Covent Garden, Royal Opera, Opera National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Semperoper Dresden and Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Her signature roles include Sieglinde in Die Walkuere, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West and the title roles in Francesca da Rimini, Jenufa, Manon Lescaut, Katya Kabanova and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier.