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Leoncavallo - Mascagni I Pagliacci - Cavalleria Rusticana

From 09 March TO 18 March 2021
Staatsoper - Hamburg
Program

Leoncavallo : I Pagliacci

Mascagni : Cavalleria Rusticana

Cast
  • Conductor
    Stefano Ranzani
  • Director
    Giancarlo Del Monaco
  • Performers
    Turiddu: Roberto Alagna
    Santuzza: Violeta Urmana
    Alfio: Ambrogio Maestri
    Nedda: Aleksandra Kurzak
    Canio: Roberto Alagna
    Tonio: Ambrogio Maestri
    Silvio: Alexey Bogdanchikov
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Staatsoper - Hamburg Location Grosse Theaterstrasse 25 - 20354 Hamburg Allemagne

The Venue's History in few words …

During their frequent journeys to Venice, the merchants of Hamburg had many a chance to note the success of Europe's first public opera, opened in 1637. In 1678, some of these rich bourgeois thus founded, on the Geese Market, a permanent opera. It was the first in Germany, a fact of which the Hamburgers were very proud. Driven by a strong sense of nationalism that preferred to blatently ignore French and Italian opera, as well as a shrewd business acumen, Hamburg's Opern-Theatrum specialized in defending the German lyrical repertoire, ins-pite of the clergy's prostests and heated debates that reached as far as the University of Iena. One could listen to the works of composers such as Telemann and Handel; the latter was hired as a violinist and harpsichord player by the Opera at the age of 18. A few years later, the same Handel became the talk of the town, when he fought a duel with Johann Mattheson, a rival composer. In 1738, the hall went bankrupt, ruined by the public's renewed interest in Italian opera. A new building was constructed in 1765, billing both theatre and lyrical works.

 

It was not before 1827 that the location of the actual Staatsoper became that of an opera house. At first, the German Weber, the Italian Rossini, and the Frenchman Auber shared the billing, before Wagner and Verdi (performed here as of 1845, for the first time in Germany) became the house's undisputed stars. Gustav Mahler was appointed at the Opera's head in 1891. Under his direction, the opera freshened up its rather conventional programming (and became equipped with electricity). Mahler hired the young Bruno Walter as coach, before another of his proteges, Otto Klemperer, took over the musical direction of the institution in 1910.

 

Greatly affected by the financial crisis that followed the First World War, and partially destroyed during the Second, the Opera opened in 1946 with difficulty, performing in front of 600 spectators seated around what remained of the stage. But the company, that included names such as Hans Hotter, Martha Modi, Hermann Prey, Elisabeth Grümmer, and Astrid Varnay, rapidely acquired an international reputation. Settled in the newly reconstructed opera house in 1955 and led by such brilliant managers as Rolf Liebermann (1959-1973, he returned in 1985), the Staatsoper became a Mecca of contemporary opera, welcoming composers such as Stravinsky, who came to conduct to celebrate his eightieth birthday, Penderecki, Messiaen, Kagel, Xenakis, and Helmut Lachenmann.

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Synopsis

I Pagliacci

PAGGLIACI, A ROMANTIC ITALIAN OPERA

This Italian opera is composed of two acts and features music by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still performed widely today. It premiered in Milan in 1892 and later that year it was first performed in the United Kingdom in London.

Leoncavallo claims that the plot of the opera is based on an incident that occurred during his own childhood, when one of the family servants was murdered in 1865. This murder was the result of a series of romantic entanglements involving a girl that two brothers were both infatuated with. When it was first written there were several allegations that the opera resembled other plays. However, it soon gained popularity.

The plot is a series of romantic entanglements, accusations, declarations and secrecy. It is both a comedy and a tragedy. Paggliaci became the first opera to be fully recorded in 1907. Later, in 1931, it also became the first opera to be completely filmed with sound.

It has been performed around the world and continues to be enjoyed today.

HISTORY

The opera is set in Calabria, near Montalto in southern Italy, on the Feast of the Assumption. It takes place between 1865 and 1870.

Act 1

The commedia troupe enter the village at 3pm and are met by cheering villagers who await the play. Canio says the play will begin an hour before sunset. Nedda steps from the cart and Tonio offers his hand but Canio pushes it away to help his wife down himself. Cannio and Beppe have a drink with the villagers who tease Canio that Tonio is planning an affair with his wife. Tonio declares his love for Nedda who then drives him away. Silvio and Nedda decide to elope, but Tonio tells Canio who arrives and chases Silvio. Nedda shouts after her lover 'I will always be yours' but refuses to reveal his name.

Act 2

The play begins and the plot mirrors the love triangle and affairs. Canio hears Nedda's character say 'I will always be yours' and demands she tell him her lover's name. Nedda tries to keep in character and the audience initially think it's all part of the performance. Nedda refuses to reveal the name of her lover and Canio stabs her. As she cries out Silvio's name, Canio stabs him too.

The final line of the opera is 'La Commedie e finita! - The comedy is ended!'

MAIN ROLES

Canio, head of the troupe, tenor
Nedda, Canio's wife who is in love with Silvio, soprano
Tonio, the fool, baritone
Beppe, actor, tenor
Silvio, Nedda's lover, baritone

Cavalleria Rusticana

CAVALLERIA RUSTICINA, A HEARTFELT LOVE STORY

Cavalleria Rusticina is an opera played in one act written by Pietro Mascagni. It is an award winning love poetic story that was composed in 1890. It is a heartfelt love story about a love affair that goes sour leaving the audience overwhelmed with sadness. The performance is spectacular with a perfectly set design and attractive costumes. The story is engaging, easy to follow and very interesting. The actors are well poised and have wonderful voices and perform their roles with much passion.  Cavalleria Rusticina has a lot of entertaining melodies and hymns.

HISTORY


Cavalleria Rusticinawas composed in the late 19th century and has gone on to become one of the worlds' most popular and loved plays ever performed. It's about two lovers who are separated by distance but brought together by fate. Although they both have different partners, they have an affair which ends up destroying both their lives and their partners'. It also results to the death of one of the characters, Turiddu.

Act 1

The play starts with Turiddu who is the main character swiftly singing about his former fiancée who is now Alfio's wife. He has returned from military service only to find his fiancée Lola married to someone else. This really breaks his heart and he decides to take revenge by seducing a young peasant village girl named Santuzza. As the Opera continues, Lola gets jealous of Santuzza and begins having an affair with Turiddu. They have to keep hiding their relationship from both their partners and the villagers.

On the feast of Easter, Turiddu's singing is heard from one corner of the church a few meters from his mothers' wine shop. As some villagers move around the village while singing others enter the church as they hymn to the blessed virgin.

Act 2

Santuzza becomes aware of Turridu's infidelity and goes looking for her handsome knight at his mothers' wine shop. Lucia, his mother, tells her that she had sent him to another town to fetch some wine. Before Santuzza could tell her of the whereabouts of her son, Alfio, Lolas' husband shows up asking for some wine. Lucia informs him of the situation at hand and he claims to have seen Turiddu early that morning near his cottage. The two women leave to join the choir outside the church.

Act 3

The villagers finish the mass and head to their homes. Turiddu is seen expressing vigorous excitement because he is with his one and only love, Lola. He and his friends head to his mothers' wine shop and sing a drinking song. Alfio joins them, not to drink with them but fight with Turiddu for Lolas' love.


Epilogue


The fight leads to Turiddu's death. On announcement of the news of Turridu's, Santuzza faints and Lucia collapses in the hands of the village women.

MAIN ROLES

Santuzza, A peasant girl, soprano

Turiddu, Lola's lover, bass-baritone

Lucia, Turiddu's mother, soprano

Alfio, Lola's husband, bass

Lola, Turiddu's lover, baritone.

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