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Cavalleria rusticanaNew Production

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Leeds Grand TheatreLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 6NZ, United Kingdom
2017 September 27 19:15, September 30 21:00, October 07 19:15, October 12 21:00, October 14 21:00, October 19 19:15, October 21 21:00
Opera North
Tobias RingborgConductor
Karolina SofulakDirector
Charles EdwardsSet Designer
Gabrielle DaltonCostume Designer
Giselle AllenSopranoSantuzza
Katie BrayMezzo-sopranoLola
Rosalind PlowrightMezzo-sopranoMamma Lucia
Jonathan StoughtonTenorTuriddu
Phillip RhodesBaritoneAlfio
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North
Oliver RundellChoirmaster / chorus director

With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, this piece remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

Opera’s most celebrated overnight success, Cavalleria rusticana spearheaded the verismo movement (whose leading lights included Leoncavallo and Puccini) which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too.

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely. Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing in this, his first opera, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies.

Giselle Allen as Santuzza © Robert Workman
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