Director David McVicar’s production brings opera’s favourite double bill to new life, setting the two operas in the same Sicilian setting, separated by two generations.
Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez takes on the rare feat of singing both leading roles. In Cavalleria, he is Turiddu, the young man who abandons Santuzza (Eva-Maria Westbroek) in his pursuit of the married Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson)—and ends up being killed in a duel with her husband, Alfio (George Gagnidze).
In Pagliacci, Álvarez is Canio, the leader of a traveling vaudeville troupe. Patricia Racette sings Nedda, his unfaithful young wife, whose plans to run away with her lover are foiled by her spurned admirer Tonio (George Gagnidze)—with equally tragic consequences.
Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci.
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci are sung in Italian with English subtitles.
A Met Opera HD Live Encore screening of the 25 April 2015 broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
Duration 2 hours 55 minutes, including interval.
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