Royal Opera House: Opera Encore: Cavalleria Rusticana/pagliacci

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Sung in Italian with English subtitlesApproximate running time: about 3 hoursConductor Daniel OrenDirectorDamiano MichielettoSet designer Paolo FantinCostume designer Carla TetiLighting designerAlessandro CarlettiCAVALLERIA RUSTICANAMusic Pietro MascagniLibrettoGiovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido MenasciTuriddu Yonghoon LeeSantuzza Liudmyla MonastyrskaAlfio Dimitri PlataniasLolaJos Maria Lo MonacoPAGLIACCIMusicRuggero LeoncavalloLibretto Ruggero LeoncavalloCanio Roberto AlagnaTonio Dimitri PlataniasNedda Aleksandra KurzakSilvio Bogdan BaciuBeppeMikeldi AtxalandabasoRoyal Opera ChorusOrchestra of the Royal Opera HouseTwo opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of lifein a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, Cav and Pag distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

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