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.
Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES, JP
Running Time: 151 mins
“...the star here is undoubtedly José Cura who offers himself up for a taxing central assignment in both operas. He plays a stern and nicely concentrated Turiddu in Mascagni's Sicilian tragedy, vocally imaginative if a touch idiosyncratic...an appreciable achievement.”
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