Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci – classic operatic duo by Teatro del Bicentenario

Cavalleria y Pagliacci

The combination of Cavalleria rusticana and Paglicacci is certainly one of the most celebrated operatic duos. But, what is the thread that unites these two operas? They both have ties to Southern Italy and reflect the daily lives of the people who live in the villages of that region. These two works are being performed together in another “Cav/Pag” by the Teatro del Bicentenario in León, México.

Cavalleria rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni with an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play and short story written by Giovanni Verga. For this production the opera is set in a village in Southern Italy, on the evening of Easter Sunday in an atmosphere full of unbridled passions, where deception, jealousy and revenge coexist amid religious rituals and social conventions.

Pagliacci , with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo, is staged in the same village to underscore the tie between the two operas. It is a drama about the inner workings of a traveling troupe of clowns; it is essentially a play within a play, in which the characters of the commedia dell’arte are overwhelmed by their emotions, while hiding their tormented souls behind their makeup.

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