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Production Team

Production: Sir David McVicar
Set Designer: Rae Smith
Costume Designer: Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Andrew George
Vaudeville Consultant: Emil Wolk


Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min.

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.

Watch Marcelo Álvarez as Canio in a clip from the Monte-Carlo Opera

Production a gift of M. Beverly and Robert G. Bartner, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone, and the Estate of Anne Tallman

Major funding from Rolex

Additional funding from John J. Noffo Kahn and Mark Addison, and Paul Underwood


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