Leoncavallo: Pagliacci - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rust
Label: NAXOS DVD
Format: DVD VIDEO
CHORUS OF DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA NETHERLANDS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA VIOTTI, ROMAN BURDENKO
These two pinnacles of Italian opera, Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana have it all – love, infidelity, betrayal, jealousy and murder. Both are classic examples of verismo operas that dramatise the lives of ordinary people: Pagliacci fuelled by the tension between everyday life and the aesthetic world of the stage, Cavalleria rusticana juxtaposing unbridled passion with profound faith. Robert Carsen’s widely acclaimed 2019 production plays a masterful game of theatre-in-theatre, avoiding clichés and calling into question the nature of reality.