Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci

13 - 15/10/2006 20:00     Macao Cultural Centre - Grand Auditorium     400

Cavalleria Rusticana
Opera in 1 Act by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Santuzza Katja Lytting and Federica Proietti (14/10), Mezzo-sopranos
Turiddu Oleg Kulko and Warren Mok (14/10), Tenors
Alfio Marco Di Felice, Baritone
Lola Simona Bertini and Robin Follman (14/10), Mezzo-sopranos
Mamma Lucia Anne Pareuil, Contralto

I Pagliacci
Opera in 2 Acts by Rugero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)

Canio Oleg Kulko and Warren Mok (14/10), Tenors
Nedda Robin Follman and Simona Bertini (14/10), Sopranos
Tonio Albert Schagidullin, Baritone
Beppe Alfred Boe, Tenor
Silvio Piero Terranova, Baritone

Conductor: Stephen Mould
The Macao Orchestra
Macao Kao Yip Middle School Children’s Choir
The Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Stage Director: Henry Akina
Assistant Stage Director and Manager: Matthew Ozawa
Set Designer: Roberto Lagana
Lighting Designer: Peter Dean Beck
Costume Designer: Fabrizio Onali and Otello Camponeschi
Production: Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and Baltimore Opera, USA

Two Italian operas written in the romantic 19th century are paired on a traditional double-bill. They sing tales of ill-fated love triangles. The first of these is Cavalleria Rusticana, the keystone of the gritty, realistic verismo style. A young Pietro Mascagni composed this one-act opera to a simple but intense story by Giovanni Verga. Dangerous jealousy forms the backdrop of Ruggero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, as well. The life of the unfaithful actress ends tragically on the comedia dell'arte stage, while in Cavalleria, the lover Turiddu perishes in a Sicilian-style duel of inflamed passions.

Duration: approximately 3 hours, including one 20-minute intermission