Cavalleria rusticana & I Pagliacci
Picture the scene: the year is 1890, and all of Rome’s high society is to be found at the Teatro Costanzi for the world premiere of Cavalleria rusticana, the opera in one act by celebrated Italian composer Pietro Mascagni. So influential did this piece prove that experts consider it to have single-handedly ushered in the ‘Verismo’ movement in Italian dramatic music; and so significant was the work that it would go on to become, more than 100 years later, a staple in the repertoires of respected opera troupes around the world.
Taking the Tokyo stage this fortnight as part of a double bill at the New National Theatre, Cavalleria rusticana tells playwright Giovanni Verga’s striking tale of love, adultery, and revenge in a C.19th Sicilian village on Easter morning, and is – in one act – a succinct shot to the heart. The following opera, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s two-act I Pagliacci, is an equally emotional piece, with similar plot themes of unfaithful wives and jealous lovers. Known affectionately in the operatic world as ‘Cav and Pag’, this double bill debut in Tokyo with both local and international singers, is to be backed by the New National Theatre Chorus and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. If only Mascagni could see the high-so in 2014 Tokyo…
6 shows from May 14-30, 2014
Tickets on +81 3 5352 9999 / nntt.jac.go.jp