Premiere 9 February 2019
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Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Bloody revenge in Sicily.

Cavalleria rusticana

A one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945). Libretto Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, based on Giovanni Verga’s novel.

Pagliacci

A one-act opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857–1919). Libretto by the composer.

Performed in Italian with Swedish surtitles.
The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

”A gripping evening all round”Financial Times
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci overflow with passion and the heat of the south, before each opera is halted by murderous jealousy. There is no place here for intellectual drama, simply pure emotions and the primordial power of music. These two one-act operas marked the dawn of verismo, Italian for “realism”, a style of opera in which the weaknesses and desires of ordinary people are examined in microscopic detail and told as realistically as possible.

They were not originally intended to be performed together, but since the early 20th century they have been constantly performed together, as is the case in this successful production from director Damiano Michieletto. His strong staging, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production at its premiere in London in 2015, shows how a small village suffers two catastrophic tragedies: revenge with a fatal outcome, and the murder of a wife by her husband in a fit of rage. Both to tender, scintillating music.

Italian maestro Pier Giorgo Morandi, an expert in this type of musical drama, makes a welcome return to the conductor’s podium. In the role of Canio, Tomas Lind performs one of the most demanding Italian tenor roles, with the famous aria Vesti la giubba. The role of his young wife Nedda will be shared by Ida Falk Winland and Carolina Sandgren, while Cavaliera Rusticana’s former lovers Santuzza and Turiddu, portrayed by Joachim Bäckström and Annalena Persson/ Katarina Karnéuspour out their frustrations and desire.

Introductions

Take the opportunity to learn more about the performance and get insight into the story and the background. Introductions take place either on our Small Stage or in the Opera Bar an hour before opera and dance performances (but are not held before premieres, guest performances or dance performances which have a physical introduction).

Introductions do not cost anything extra, use your performance ticket to enter. Introduction take about 20 minutes and are presented in Swedish. They are popular, so come early to make sure you get a seat!

Premiere 9 February 2019
13 performances, runs until 31 March

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February 2019

Sat 9/2
18:00
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Wed 13/2
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Sun 17/2
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Wed 20/2
19:00
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Sun 24/2
18:00
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Thu 28/2
19:00
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March 2019

Sun 3/3
18:00
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Wed 6/3
19:00
Main Stage 
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Wed 13/3
19:00
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Thu 21/3
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Sat 23/3
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Fri 29/3
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Sun 31/3
16:00
Main Stage 
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