PIETRO MASCAGNI

Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni’s most famous opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, is based on the novel of the same name written by Giovanni Verga and was soon considered as an example of the verismo movement. The first performance was held in Rome in 1890 and was an immediate success, bringing fame to the young Mascagni. The libretto was quickly written by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci for the composer to present his opera for a competition, which he went on to win, held by the Milan-based music publishers, Sonzogno.

The story is set in a small village in Sicily on Easter day. Turiddu returns from military service to discover that Lola, the girl he is in love with, has married Alfio, the carter. To console himself, Turiddu seduces Santuzza, but then neglects and rejects her. Santuzza, realising that Turiddu is still in love with Lola, is jealous and confesses to Alfio that his wife has been unfaithful. The two man challenge each other to a duel in which Turiddu is killed.

Production TCBO

ruggero leoncavallo

Pagliacci

This opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo was inspired by a real event that took place in a small town in Basilicata in the late nineteenth century. The opera tells of a story of jealousy in a theatre troupe which ends with the two lovers, Nedda and Silvio, being killed by Nedda’s husband, Canio. The first performance of Pagliacci was held in Milan in 1892 and was directed by the young, and at the time, little known Arturo Toscanini. The opera was an immediate success for Leoncavallo, who was not as lucky however with subsequent productions.

Because of their short duration and same historical period, Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana have been performed together, from the outset. 

New production of Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Grand Théâtre de Genève

15 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21  | 22 December 2019

TICKETS

PRESENTING PARTNER:

SUN | 15 | DEC | Series Prima | H: 20.00
TUE | 17 | DEC | Series C | H: 18.00
WED | 18 | DEC | Series A | H: 20.00
THU | 19| DEC | Series P | H: 18.00
FRI | 20 | DEC | Series B | H: 20.00
SAT | 21 | DEC | FUORI ABBONAMENTO | H: 20.00
SUN | 22 | DEC | Series  D | H: 15.30

Cavalleria Rusticana

CAST

SANTUZZA

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

SANTUZZA

Sonia Ganassi

17 | 19 | 21

TURIDDU

Roberto Aronica

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

TURIDDU

Angelo Villari

17 | 19 | 21

ALFIO

Dalibor Jenis

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

ALFIO

Fabián Veloz

17 | 19 | 21

LOLA

Alessia Nadin

COMPOSER

Pietro Antonio Stefano Mascagni (Livorno, 7 December 1863 – Rome, 2 August 1945) was an Italian composer and orchestra conductor.

Mascagni lived between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, holding a prominent position on the music scene at the time, thanks above all to his immediate and popular success with his first opera, Cavalleria Rusticana in 1890. Mascagni went on to compose another 15 operas, gaining a worldwide popularity, along with only a handful of other composers. However only some of his works have become part of standard repertoires, such as Iris, with 800 productions of the performance.

STAGE DESIGN

CARMINE MARINGOLA

COSTUME DESIGN

VANESSA SANNINO

LIGHTING DESIGN

CRISTIAN ZUCARO

CHOREOGRAPHY

MANUELA LO SICCO

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

GIANNI MARRAS

STAGE ASSISTANT

ROBERTO TUSA

CHOIR CONDUCTOR

ALBERTO MALAZZI

In cooperation with la Scuola di Teatro di Bologna Alessandra Galante Garrone

Pagliacci

DIRECTOR

Serena SInigaglia

CAST

NEDDA | COLOMBINA

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

NEDDA | COLOMBINA

Carmen Solis

17 | 19 | 21

CANIO | IL PAGLIACCIO

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

CANIO | IL PAGLIACCIO

17 | 19 | 21

TONIO | TADDEO

15 | 18 | 20 | 22

TONIO | TADDEO

Fabián Veloz

17 | 19 | 21

BEPPE | ARLECCHINO

15, 18, 20, 22

BEPPE | ARLECCHINO

SILVIO

COMPOSER

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Ruggero Leoncavallo (Naples, 23 April 1857 – Montecatini Terme, 9 August 1919) was an Italian composer, and wrote operas and operettas.

Ruggero Leoncavallo was one of the most important members of the verismo movement. Above all in Pagliacci, he demonstrated a strong sense of drama and generous melody, to immediate effect. However, despite having a more solid culture than other protagonists of the verismo movement (he held a degree in literature so he was able to write the librettos of some of his operas), he was confined within the Italian “young school”, with influences from Bizet, Verdi, and to a lesser extent Wagner. He tried to escape the clutches of verismo, for example in La Bohème (1897), of comic-sentimental overtones in Zingari (1912), of the exotic style of Goffredo Mameli (1916) and Oedipus Re (1920), but was no longer able to find that concision, and force of expression and impetuous and striking melodic tone of his masterpiece, Pagliacci, the quintessence of musical verismo (the famous Prologue is a superb example)

STAGE DESIGN

MARIA SPAZZI

COSTUME DESIGN

CARLA TETI

LIGHTING DESIGN

CLAUDIO DE PACE

CHOIR CONDUCTOR

ALBERTO MALAZZI

CHILDREN’S CHORUS MASTER

ALHAMBRA SUPERCHI

In cooperation with ‘Scuola di Teatro di Bologna Alessandra Galante Garrone’