Pagliacci - Cavalleria rusticana

Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pietro Mascagni

New production of the Teatro alla Scala

From 16 January to 5 February 2011

Running Time: 3 hours 05 minutes

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
“The Teatro Illustrato invites young Italian musicians to participate in a new competition for a one-act opera.” In 1888, the publisher Sonzogno launched its second competition for young Italian composers. The winner was Pietro Mascagni with Cavalleria rusticana, and so it was that this story of an honour killing in a Sicilian village in the late nineteenth century, from a short story of the same name by Verga, entered the operatic canon.

Owing to the intense dramatic power of the score and libretto, the opera quickly became recognised as a manifesto of Italian verismo, like the second work in this double bill, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, a tale inspired by a real-world crime that took place in Calabria in the second half of the nineteenth century, which the young Leoncavallo had witnessed in person. Pagliacci is the real-life tragedy of a jealous husband, viewed in the play-within-a-play tradition.

Daniel Harding has developed a deep affection for the diptych, which has not played at La Scala since 1981. The staging by Mario Martone – who also works as a film director – acknowledges the power of the work’s neorealist aspect. All of which provides excellent material for some of the world’s greatest dramatic voices, including Salvatore Licitra as Turiddu, Luciana D’Intino as Santuzza, José Cura as Canio, Ambrogio Maestri as Tonio and Oksana Dyka as Nedda in her La Scala debut.

The opera will be broadcasted live on television by Rai5, on Tuesday 18 January at 7.45 pm, and live on radio by Rai Radio Tre on the same day at 8 pm.


Daniel Harding
Mario Martone
Sergio Tramonti
Ursula Patzak
Pasquale Mari


Oksana Dyka (16, 18, 20, 25 January; 1, 5 February)
Kristine Opolais (22, 28 January; 3 February)
José Cura (16, 18, 20, 22, 25 January; 1, 5 February)
Antonello Palombi (28 January; 3 February)
Ambrogio Maestri (16, 18, 20, 25 January; 1, 5 February)
Alberto Mastromarino (22, 28 January; 3 February)
Beppe / Arlecchino
Celso Albelo
Mario Cassi (16, 18, 20, 25, 28 January; 1, 5 February)
Gabriele Viviani (22 January; 3 February)
Cavalleria rusticana
Luciana D'Intino (16, 18, 20, 25 January; 1, 5 February)
Marianne Cornetti (22, 28 January; 3 February)
Giuseppina Piunti
Salvatore Licitra (16, 18, 20 January)
Yonghoon Lee (22, 25 January; 1, 5 February)
Francesco Anile (28 January; 3 February)
Claudio Sgura (16, 18, 20, 22, 25 January; 1 February)
Ivan Inverardi (28 January; 3, 5 February)
Mamma Lucia
Elena Zilio

Please Note
The management of the theatre deeply regrets to announce that due to a strike organised by the CGIL trade union, the premiere of the operas Pagliacci - Cavalleria rusticana due to take place on Sunday 16 January 2011 was cancelled.
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