Opera in one act
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci,
based upon the eponymous work by Giovanni Verga
Dramma in two acts
Libretto by the composer
These two works are the product of the dawn of the 20th century. In them the characters resolve their fears and passions on a knife’s edge, between love, hate and jealousy. Alfio, Santuzza and Turiddu, enclosed within the invisible limits of their village, are bound under the yoke of village honour; while Canio, Nedda and Tonia are confined by the travelling circus of the cuckolded clown.
|Musical direction||Stage direction||Scenery||Wardrobe||Lighting|
|Jordi Bernàcer||Giancarlo del Monaco||Johannes Leiacker||Birgit Wentsch||Wolfgang von Zoubek|
Jorge de León
María Luisa Corbacho
Jorge de León
Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana Director Francesc Perales
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
++Centre de Perfeccionament
Two stories of love, jealousy and betrayal. In Cavalleria rusticana, Turiddu continues to see his former lover Lola, although she is now married to Alfio. Santuzza, who has been seduced by Turiddu, is desperate because he has rejected her and once more set his heart on Lola. In a fit of jealously, Santuzza reveals to Alfio his wife’s unfaithfulness. The result is a duel between the two men, in which Turiddu dies. In Pagliacci, the drama revolves around a travelling theatre company during a public performance. Canio, the owner of the company, who is married to Nedda, is informed by Tonio that Nedda has been unfaithful to him with a local (Silvio). During the performance, Canio stabs Nedda when she refuses to tell him her lover’s name. Silvio emerges from the audience and climbs on stage to help the girl, but is also stabbed by Canio. The audience do not realise that what they are seeing is real, until Canio announces that “the comedy is over”.