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Cavalleria rusticana - Pagliacci

From 12 to 23 June 2015
Pietro Mascagni - Ruggero Leoncavallo

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala 

Treble Voices Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy


Teatro alla Scala Production


Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes intermission included


Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Staging Mario Martone
Sets Sergio Tramonti
Costumes Ursula Patzak
Lights Pasquale Mari

Cast Cavalleria rusticana 

Santuzza Elīna Garanča
Turiddu to be communicated
Alfio Marco Vratogna
Mamma Lucia Mara Zampieri

Cast Pagliacci 

Nedda Fiorenza Cedolins
Canio Marco Berti
Tonio Marco Vratogna
Beppe Juan José de León
Silvio Simone Piazzola
A peasant Bruno Gaudenzi
Another peasant Michele Mauro


Notes on performances

New productions at La Scala that have been especially favourably received by audiences have included the pairing of two celebrated one-act operas revisited with staging by director Mario Martone. New and ancient are jumbled together in the setting of Cavalleria, with the brothel, the colossal tree trunk sawn at its base, the audience of chairs in a church, a place of stares and slanderous whispers. Equally poignant is the transposition of Pagliacci into a squalid modern suburb, an encampment of vagrants and carnies at the edge of a highway ramp, perhaps a dead end. This revival of the providential show takes advantage of an exceptionally talented cast of vocalists with Elīna Garanča in Cavalleria and Fiorenza Cedolins and Marco Berti in Pagliacci. The conductor is the internationally renowned specialist of Italian opera, Carlo Rizzi.


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