Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA • PAGLIACCI
Opernhaus Zürich, 2010
Soloists: José Cura, Paoletta Marrocu, Fiorenza Cedolins
Orchestra, Chorus: Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich
Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
Director: Grischa Asagaroff
Two timeless stories of love, honour, justice and violence, captured on just one DVD – a highlight for every opera lover. Pietro Mascagni‘s “Cavalleria rusticana” and Ruggero Leoncavallo‘s “Pagliacci” speak to one‘s heart and soul. They are regarded as the most absorbing tragedies of Italian music theater. Adultery, jealousy and betrayal are leading to passionate conflicts that jointly connect both operas. The impressively embellished stage waives exaggerated decoration to underline the unflattering realistic brutality. Both operas are supported by a musical variety of great arias, short duets and amazing choir passages that add to the unveiled expression of feelings. As a special guest the Argentinian Tenor José Cura stands out with his fascinating singing and acting performance. Besides him Soprano Paoletta Marrocu with her expressive interpretation of Santuzza, Carlo Guelfi as Tonio or Fiorenza Cedolins as Nedda can convince the audience with their great voices. These atmospheric performances directed by Grischa Asagaroff and conducted by Stefano Ranzani are capable to fascinate every opera lover.