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Composer: Leoncavallo, Ruggero (1857-1919)

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Year of birth1857
Year of death1919
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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GenevaCavalleria rusticana i Pagliacci

Cavalleria rusticana i Pagliacci
Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Alexander Joel; Emma Dante; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Carmine Maringola; Vanessa Sannino; Oksana Volkova; Mélody Louledjian

BudapestRamón Vargas recital

Ramón Vargas recital
Liszt, Montsalvatge, Leoncavallo, Cilea, Respighi, Mascagni, Denza, Tosti, Rossini
Ramón Vargas; Charles Spencer; Hungarian State Opera

BudapestCavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

© Attila Nagy
Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Marco Comin; Georges Delnon; Hungarian State Opera; Madeleine Schleich; Prisca Baumann; Gyöngyi Lukács; Ildikó Komlósi

BerlinCavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

© Bettina Stöß
Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Stefano Ranzani; David Pountney; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Robert Innes Hopkins; Daniela Barcellona; Gaston Rivero

BergenJoseph Calleja and Vincenzo Scalera

Mozart, Donizetti, Massenet, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Tosti, Vella, Crescenzo, Leoncavallo
Joseph Calleja; Vincenzo Scalera
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Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
David McVicar's uninspiring Cavalleria rusticana remains problematic, but a strong Pagliacci leaves the New York audience gasping. 
****1
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Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills

Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia) and Byrna Hymel (Turiddu) © ROH | Catherina Ashmore
After its Christmas break, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci return to the Royal Opera in Daminano Michieletto's arresting production. 
****1
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Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag

Simon Keenlyside (Tonio), Bryan Hymel (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Even stronger than first time round, Michieletto's impressive staging is complemented by an outstanding double role debut from Hymel and a heartbreaking Santuzza from Elīna Garanča.
*****
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Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy

Peter Auty (Canio) and Elin Pritchard (Nedda) © Tristram Kenton
Charles Edwards and Annabel Arden direct Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges in a contrasting pairing of two short operas in Opera North's 'Little Greats' season.
****1
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Verismo with a capital V: Zazà at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Zazà), Joel Montero (Milio) © Robert Workman
A convincing outing for Leoncavallo's rarely performed tale of adultery, populated by characters who are flesh and blood and are immediately recognisable today.
****1
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