New Camerata Opera to Open with ‘Cav + Pag’

By Francisco Salazar

New Camerata Opera is set to open its 2021-22 season with “Cav +Pag.”

Performances, which are set to be held at The Muse Brooklyn, open on Sept 23. The 90-minute adaptation will retain the most essential elements of each opera and will place the role of “Cavalleria Rusticana’s” Santuzza at the center, with “Pagliacci’s” play-within-a-play paralleling her own crisis.

The performance will feature New York-area artists accompanied by a nine-piece chamber orchestra. The production was developed by Director John de los Santos, Music Director Samuel McCoy, and internationally-renowned Dramaturg Cori Ellison.

The cast will include Erik Bagger, Chris Carr (Canio), Indira Mahajan, Megan Nielson (Santuzza), Samina Aslam, Maria Brea (Nedda), Steven Wallace, Victor Khodadad (Turiddu), Angky Budiardjono (Silvio), Stan Lacy (Tonio), Rashard Deleston (Beppe), Costas Tsourakis (Alfio), Leslie Middlebrook (Lucia), Eva Parr, and Julia Tang (Lola).

New Camerata Opera will be adhering to strict guidelines as outlined by the CDC and New York State regarding COVID-19. The protocols observed include proof of vaccination for attendees and performers, masks for attendees, and social distancing.