A great Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci at the Zurich Opernhaus with Roberto Alagna

zurich_logoCavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Short operas by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo

Cast, dates

Conductor Daniele Rustioni

Production Grischa Asagaroff

Sets and Costumes Luigi Perego

Lights Hans-Rudolf Kunz

Choir DirectorJürg Hämmerli



Santuzza Catherine Naglestad
Turiddu Roberto Alagna
Lucia Irène Friedli
Alfio Roman Burdenko
Lola Yulia Mennibaeva


Nedda Aleksandra Kurzak
Canio Roberto Alagna
Tonio Roman Burdenko
Beppe Trystan Llŷr Griffiths
Silvio Alexey Lavrov


Philharmonia Zürich
Chor, Zusatzchor und Kinderchor der Oper Zürich
Statistenverein am Opernhaus Zürich


In Italian
with German and English surtitles
Playing duration 3 hrs.
Break After the 1st part after approx. 1 hrs. 15 min.
Introduction 45 min before the performance
Dates 24 Sep 2016, 19:00

28 Sep 2016, 19:00

04 Oct 2016, 20:00

09 Oct 2016, 14:00 AMAG people’s performance

12 Oct 2016, 19:00LocationHauptbühne Opernhaus

Cavalleria Rusticana: melodrama in one act by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Torzetti and Guido Menasci

Pagliacci: drama in two acts and a prologue by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)
Libretto by the composer

These two short veristic operas, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, have always been like inseparable twins. It all began with a competition to promote young Italian composers. Pietro Mascagni, still an unsuccessful composer at the time, chose a contemporary subject matter and wrote dramatically gripping music for the story of Santuzza, who is rejected by the village community and out of jealousy reveals the affair between Turiddu and Lola to the latter’s husband Alfio. Mascagni won the competition and became famous over night. Impressed by this success, Ruggero Leoncavallo decided he would also try writing a short opera. Leoncavallo was inspired by a murder trial and the play by Catulle Mendès entitled La Femme de Tabarin: a drama of jealousy in a troupe of commedia dell’arte actors involving the beautiful Nedda, which ends with the murder of Nedda and her lover. The cast of this revival promises to give world-class performances: the star tenor Roberto Alagna can be heard both as Turiddu and as Canio; his partners are Catherine Naglestad (Santuzza) and Aleksandra Kurzak (Nedda).

GALLERIES (photos by Judith Schlosser)



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