Leoncavallo

In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci: Roberto Alagna Triumphs With Two Incredible Divas
"Pagliacci" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" is one of the signature double bills in opera that show offs the many qualities of a leading tenor. Both parts are known for their demanding vocal challenges and in many cases are sung by two different tenors. However, in the Metropolitan Opera's current revival of David McVicar's production, Roberto Alagna triumphed in two of his best performances in recent Met history alongside two incredible divas. The…
In Review Stage Reviews
Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci: Verismo Duo Falls Prey to Verismo Schtick
In the beginning of the 20th-century there was a snootiness about verismo opera. All of its propagators – Puccini, Giordano, Mascagni, among others - were accused of simplifying opera by eliminating many of its challenges. Those long showy lines of coloratura were long gone. In place of it, the singers began interspersing notes and passages with great long sighs or yells – and those ubiquitous raised hands and eyebrows. And…
High Notes On This Day
Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov & The Other Composers Influenced By Alexander Pushkin
Alexander Pushkin is one of the greatest authors in the history of the world. He is also one of the writers who has had the greatest impact in the world of opera. Perhaps only such authors as Victor Hugo or William Shakespeare have seen as many of their works adapted to the opera stage as has Pushkin. And while those other two giants have been adapted by composers the world over,…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: A Look at Leoncavallo’s ‘Pagliacci’
Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” has endured as a staple of the operatic canon since its premiere back on May 21, 1892. Leoncavallo was reportedly inspired to take on the work after seeing the success of Mascagni’s masterwork “Cavalleria Rusticana” and set out to write his own Verismo opera in one-act form. The result was a success that has often been associated with the Mascagni work, the two often presented together. That pairing…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Bel Canto, Verismo & Verdi – Davinia Rodriguez on Carefully Developing Her Voice and Learning New Roles [Exclusive ]
It is always a challenge to make a role debut in a season, particularly when it features some of the most challenging repertoire in the operatic repertoire. It is an even greater risk and challenge to make three in one season. But don't tell Davinia Rodriguez as the soprano has spent this season doing just that and succeeding all the while. The Spanish soprano is one of the rising stars…
News
Elina Garanca’s makes role debut in Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ at the Paris National Opera
On Tuesday Dec. 6 the Paris National Opera will broadcast Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Hindemith's "Sancta Susanna." The broadcast will mark the role debut of Elina Garanca in the role of Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana."  Garanca recently noted that Santuzza was a dream role and was the basis of her newest album "Revive." It also marks Garanca's entry into dramatic Mezzo Soprano repertoire which she has slowly been transitioning into. She…