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Pagliacci
& Cavalleria rusticana

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Overview

A masterful, perfect Verismo opera evening.”

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Pagliacci: Music and Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Cavalleria rusticana: Music by Pietro Mascagni; Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci

Experience twice the drama and twice the thrill with an earthy new production of opera’s classic double bill. Small-town lives are turned upside down when a returning soldier and a vengeful clown upset provincial norms, resulting in shocking crimes of passion. In a single performance, two distinct yet complementary tales of adultery, jealousy, and revenge explore elemental emotions in true verismo style.

Guy Montavon’s highly theatrical new production transforms the public squares of southern Italy into a revolving mask-filled arena, with eye-catching commedia dell’arte costumes for Leoncavallo’s clowns. As the chorus watches like spectators at a coliseum, the characters cannot escape their tragic fates.

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Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana, © Thilo Beu, THEATER BONN

Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale April 21. Remind Me

In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance time: 3 hours including one intermission


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Synopsis

Cavalleria rusticana

In a Sicilian village on Easter Sunday, Turiddu serenades his mistress, Lola. Lola is married to Alfio, a teamster; Turridu is avoiding Santuzza, whom he previously seduced and abandoned. Santuzza explains the situation to Turridu’s mother, Mamma Lucia, and begs her to pray for her; because of her affair with Turridu, the unmarried Santuzza has been excommunicated.

Turiddu himself comes in, and Santuzza appeals to him directly. He offers unconvincing excuses, and is growing angry when Lola enters on her way to church. When she has gone, the quarrel between Santuzza and Turiddu breaks out again. Finally, Turiddu will stand no more of it. He storms into the church, and Santuzza curses him.

The last one to come to church is Alfio. Santuzza stops him, too, and in her anger tells him his wife is betraying him with Turiddu. Alfio swears a terrible vengeance.

After Mass, the villagers fill the square. Turiddu invites everyone to join him in a drink. But Alfio, in a menacing mood, challenges Turridu. Filled with remorse, Turridu begs his mother to take care of Santuzza, says farewell, and runs off to fight with Alfio. A moment later, one of the villagers reports the outcome of the duel.

Pagliacci

Prologue
A clown tells the audience that although they are witnessing a fiction, the actors are real people who suffer and live lives of agony as well as joy.

Act I
In an Italian village, a group of traveling players arrive: Canio, his wife Nedda, and two other clowns, Tonio and Beppe. Canio invites everyone to the evening’s performance, and the villagers invite him to have a drink. One man jokes about Tonio having a chance to seduce Nedda; Canio tells him his wife’s loyalty is no laughing matter.

Nedda worries that Canio knows she has betrayed him; longing for freedom, she considers the birds flying overhead. Tonio, consumed by desire, begs her to love him. She becomes angry and strikes him. He leaves just as her lover, a villager named Silvio, rushes in. Silvio begs Nedda to leave her husband and run off with him.

Smarting from rejection, Tonio returns and sees the lovers. He fetches Canio, and the two men arrive in time to hear Nedda promise that she will meet her lover at midnight. Canio chases the younger man away; he and Nedda are arguing when Beppe tells Canio that he must prepare for the performance. As he puts on his makeup, Canio laments that he must make people laugh even though his own heart is breaking.

Act II
The villagers gather for a familiar comedy in which Columbine (Nedda) betrays her husband Pagliaccio (Canio) with Harlequin (Beppe). As Harlequin escapes out the window, Canio hears Nedda, in character as Columbine, again promise to meet her lover. Forgetting he is onstage, Canio demands to know the name of Nedda’s lover. She desperately tries to keep the show going, but eventually Canio explodes, telling Nedda that he isn’t play-acting any more.

The audience applauds the realism of the performance. Nedda continues to defy Canio, finally crying that she will never tell him her lover’s name. Pushed beyond the breaking point, Canio brings the performance to an end.

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Cast

Gregory Kunde

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Turiddu (Cav.)/Canio (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Kankakee, IL
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ramiro, Cinderella (’96); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (’88); Tamino, The Magic Flute (’88)
Recently: Otello, Otello (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Samson, Samson et Dalila (Teatro de la Maestranza); Calaf, Turandot (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Don Carlos, Don Carlos (Opera Royal de Wallonie); Jean de Leyde, Le Prophète (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Calaf, Turandot (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)

Last Updated: December 2019

Gregory Kunde

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Arsen Soghomonyan

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Turiddu (Cav.)/Canio (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Otello, Otello (Berlin Philharmonic); Canio, Pagliacci (Teatro di San Carlo); Roberto, Le Villi (Opera Rara)
Upcoming: Calaf, Turandot (Rome Opera); Cavaradossi, Tosca (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples)

Last Updated: December 2019

Arsen Soghomonyan

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Melody Moore

Santuzza (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Santuzza, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Dyersburg, TN
Seattle Opera Debut: Katya, Katya Kabanova ('17)
Recently: Amneris, Aida (Houston Grand Opera); Giorgetta/Santuzza, Il Tabarro/Cavalleria Rusticana (Dresden Philharmonic/Commercial Recording); Elisabetta, Don Carlo (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Foreign Princess, Rusalka (Cincinnati Opera); Salome, Salome (Bard College)

Last updated: January 2020

Melody Moore

Santuzza (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Marcy Stonikas

Santuzza (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Santuzza (Cav.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Lady, The Magic Flute (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw ('18); High Priestess, Aida ('18); Mother, Hansel and Gretel (’17); Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Tosca, Tosca (’15)
Recently: Mother, Hansel and Gretel (San Diego Opera); Chrysothemis, Elektra (Minnesota Opera); Tosca, Tosca (Arizona Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

 

Marcy Stonikas

Santuzza (Cav.)

Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Nedda (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Durango (Bizkaia), Spain
Seattle Opera Debut: Micaëla, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Giselda, I Lombardi (ABAO); Jenny Smith, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Korea National Opera); Mimì, La bohème (ABAO)
Upcoming: Vitellia, La Clemenza di Tito (Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona); Violetta Valery, La Traviata (Teatro de la Maestranza)

Last updated: December 2019

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Nedda (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Joyce El-Khoury

Nedda (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Toronto
Seattle Opera Debut: Mary Stuart, Mary Stuart (’16)
Recently: Liù, Turandot (COC Toronto); Elisabetta, Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera / Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); Mimì, La bohème (Australian Opera)
Upcoming: Anna, Le villi (Opéra Limoges); Mirra, Sardanapalo (Müpa Budapest); Rose R., Awakenings (Opera St. Louis)

Last updated: December 2019

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Joyce El-Khoury

Nedda (Pag.)

Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Michael Mayes

Alfio (Cav.) / Tonio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Alfio/Tonio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Cut-n-Shoot, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Di Luna, Il trovatore ('19)
Recently: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera); Joseph de Rocher, Dead Man Walking (The Israeli Opera); Richard Nixon, Nixon In China (Staatsoper Stuttgart)
Upcoming: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Nashville Opera) Daddy/Mr. Floyd, The Copper Queen (Arizona Opera [premiere]); Beck, Everest (BBC Orchestra)

Last updated: December 2019

Michael Mayes

Alfio (Cav.) / Tonio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Tichina Vaughn

Mamma Lucia (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Mamma Lucia (Cav.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Winstom-Salem, NC
Seattle Opera Debut:
 Amneris, Aida (’92)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Eboli, Don Carlos ('93); Antonia’s Mother, The Tales of Hoffmann ('14)
Recently: Lily, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera); Fortune Teller, Fiery Angel (Theater an der Wien); Maria, Porgy and Bess (English National Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Tichina Vaughn

Mamma Lucia (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Sarah Larsen

Lola (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Lola, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2011/12, 2012/13
Seattle Opera Debut: Mercédès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); The Secretary, The Consul (’14); Maddalena, Rigoletto (’14)
Recently: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Mill City Summer Orchestra); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Virginia Opera); Jan, Everest (Calgary Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

Sarah Larsen

Lola (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Will Liverman

Silvio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Marcello, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Silvio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Raimbaud, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Papgeno, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera); Pilot, The Little Prince (Tulsa Opera); Pantalone, The Love for Three Oranges (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Opera Colorado); Marcello, La bohème (Seattle Opera); Silvio, Pagliacci (Opera Colorado)

Last Updated: December 2019

Will Liverman

Silvio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Andrew Stenson

Beppe (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Beppe, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tamino, The Magic Flute ('17); Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12) 
Recently: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Demetrius, The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera); Candide, Candide (Glimmerglass Festival, San Francisco Symphony); Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Colorado Opera); The Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Dallas Opera) 

Last Updated: December 2019

Andrew Stenson

Beppe (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Cast

Creative Team

Oksana Lyniv

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Brody, Ukraine
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Bluebeard’s Castle (Bavarian State Opera Munich); Medée (Staatsoper Berlin); Don Carlo (Opera Graz)
Upcoming: I Puritani (Oper Frankfurt); Jenufa (Opéra National de Paris); Madame Butterfly (Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Last Updated: December 2019

Oksana Lyniv

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Guy Montavon

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Das Land des Lächelns (Wuppertaler Bühnen Opernhaus); Im weißen Rößl (Theater Erfurt); Médée (Landestheater Linz)
Upcoming: Pagliacci (Theater Bonn Opernhaus); Director/Lighting, Der fliegende Holländer (ABAO, Bilbao Palacio Euskalduna); Nabucco (DomStufen-Festspiele)

Last Updated: December 2019

Guy Montavon

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Hank Irwin Kittel

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Sets and Costumes, Roméo et Juliette (Theater Erfurt); Sets and Costumes, Der fliegende Holländer (Theater Erfurt); Sets and Costumes, Carmen (Theater Erfurt Domstufen)
Upcoming: Sets and Costumes, Der fliegende Holländer (ABAO); Costumes, The Marriage of Figaro (Theater Erfurt); Sets, Staastheater (Theater Bonn)

Last Updated: December 2019

Hank Irwin Kittel

Set Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Bianca Deigner

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Wozzeck (Theater Erfurt); Cabaret (Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen); Elektra (Theater Bonn)
Upcoming: Cavalleria rusticana (Theater Bonn); Pagliacci (Theater Bonn)

Last Updated: December 2019

Bianca Deigner

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Tosca

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19), Carmen ('19), Rigoletto ('19)
Recently: Pianist, Three Singing Sisters (Seattle Opera); Chorusmaster, Cinderella (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin, La bohème (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Last updated: November 2019

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana, Theater Bonn, 2019 © Thilo Beu, THEATER BONN