- Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana [Opera North]
"The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short space of time make Pagliacci an elementally exciting experience.
This unashamedly over the top masterpiece marks the point in Leoncavallo's career when his talents as both librettist and composer fully matched each other. In Pagliacci, he carves 'a bleeding slice of life' out of the unlikely story of a jealous husband, his unfaithful wife, her young lover, and a troupe of theatrical players.
It includes some of the most justly famous music ever written for an Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio's 'show must go on' aria 'Vesti la giubba'.
This brand new production, conducted by Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, is directed and designed by Charles Edwards as the curtain-raiser for Opera North's The Little Greats."