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 video clips from the final dress rehearsal
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
"A stunning new Cav/Pag... The Met Opera's striking new production... restores all the passion and drama to a pair of old operatic warhorses... Marcelo Álvarez, one of the Met's most reliable tenors, takes on both Turiddu in Cavalleria and Canio in Pagliacci. It is an arduous and rare undertaking and Álvarez carries it off with ease... Eva-Maria Westbroek is compelling as Santuzza... Patricia Racette delivers a fine performance as Nedda... George Gagnidze is admirable both as Alfio in Cavalleria and as Tonio in Pagliacci... (Huffington Post)
"This double bill certainly has the right maestro on the podium: Fabio Luisi, the Met's principal conductor. He draws clarity, color and vigor from the inspired Met orchestra in both works. Mr. Álvarez delivers the most impassioned and commanding singing I have heard from him at the Met... Eva-Maria Westbroek brings vocal charisma and wrenching vulnerability to Santuzza... Patricia Racette as Nedda sang with beguiling feistiness, sizable sound and great character." (New York Times)
"David McVicar's new Met production... provides a splendid, subtly contemporary view of the two verismo chestnuts... meticulously detailed directing... The chorus was nuanced, and the orchestra sounded superb under Fabio Luisi... [The play-within-the-play] was hilariously staged with the aid of a vaudeville consultant... and three adept clowns." (Wall Street Journal)
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