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Performer: Pippo Delbono

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Piety and violence in San Carlo's Cavalleria rusticana

Marcelo Álvarez (Turiddu) and Violeta Urmana (Santuzza) © Luciano Romano
Notwithstanding director Pippo Delbono's narcissistic excesses, his staging confirmed itself as effective and penetrating.
****1
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Opera as circus: a controversial Cav & Pag in Rome

Carmela Remigio (Nedda) and Fabio Sartori (Canio) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Pippo Delbono, an advocate of experimental theatre, tests the audience's patience at Opera di Roma, masking some enjoyable musical performances.
**111
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A monochromatic Madama Butterfly

This production of Puccini’s masterpiece was delivered on a monochromatic set, with  a director-centred staging of the story of love and despair of Cio-Cio San.
****1
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A blood-spattered, claustrophobic Cavalleria rusticana

“Sorry for my meddling. I am the director of this opera.” Before the curtain opens, in a prologue to the prologue, Delbono shows up and addresses the audience. 
****1
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