Cavalleria rusticana In Concert

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Overview

This beloved masterpiece, Cavalleria rusticana in Concert delivers intense passion, memorable music and incredible arias. This one-act opera, performed live and in concert, welcomes back Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Darlington to conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to return to Vancouver Opera and make music again. Thank you to all of our supporters for keeping Vancouver Opera's heart alive and beating. I can't wait to share our concert performance of the well-loved Cavalleria rusticana and show just how hard that heart beats and how much we've missed performing for you." 

-Johnathan Darlington, Vancouver Opera Music Director Emeritus

Overview

This beloved masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana in Concert delivers intense passion, memorable music and incredible arias. This one-act opera, performed live and in concert, welcomes back Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Darlington to conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to return to Vancouver Opera and make music again. Thank you to all of our supporters for keeping Vancouver Opera's heart alive and beating. I can't wait to share our concert performance of the well-loved Cavalleria Rusticana and show just how hard that heart beats and how much we've missed performing for you." 

-Johnathan Darlington, Vancouver Opera Music Director Emeritus

Performances:

Sat Feb 12 | 7:30PM *tickets are limited
Sun Feb 13 | 2:00PM
Click to view available seats

Runtime:

80 minutes no intermission

Performances:

Sat Feb 12 | 7:30PM *tickets are limited
Sun Feb 13 | 2:00PM
Click to view available seats

Runtime:

80 minutes no intermission

Synopsis

Synopsis

A village in Sicily, circa 1900. On Easter Sunday, Turiddu can be heard serenading his mistress, Lola. She and Turiddu were together before he joined the army. When he returned and found her married to Alfio, a wealthy wagon owner, he seduced Santuzza to make Lola jealous. As a result, Turiddu and Lola rekindled their love in an adulterous affair, leaving Santuzza heartbroken. 

A distraught Santuzza approaches the tavern of Mamma Lucia, Turiddu’s mother, who tells her that her son is away buying wine. But Santuzza knows that he was busy elsewhere. Alfio arrives, boasting of his wealth and of Lola. He asks Mamma Lucia for some of her good wine. When she says that Turiddu has gone to get more, Alfio replies that he saw him near his house earlier. Mamma Lucia is surprised, but Santuzza quiets her. 

As the villagers leave for church, Santuzza stays behind and grieves. Turiddu arrives in the piazza where Santuzza confronts him about his affair, which he denies. Just then Lola passes by mocking Santuzza, and Turiddu turns to follow her. Santuzza begs him not to leave, but he abandons her. Alfio appears and Santuzza tells him that Lola has been cheating on him with Turiddu. In a rage, Alfio swears to get even and rushes off.

Following church, the villagers gather at the tavern where Alfio confronts Turridu and challenges him to a knife fight. Turiddu admits his guilt but still proceeds to fight for Santuzza’s sake, as well as for his honor. Alone with his mother, Turiddu begs her to take care of Santuzza if he doesn’t come back, then runs off to the fight. As Mamma Lucia waits anxiously, a woman runs in screaming that Turiddu has been killed.

A village in Sicily, circa 1900. On Easter Sunday, Turiddu can be heard serenading his mistress, Lola. She and Turiddu were together before he joined the army. When he returned and found her married to Alfio, a wealthy wagon owner, he seduced Santuzza to make Lola jealous. As a result, Turiddu and Lola rekindled their love in an adulterous affair, leaving Santuzza heartbroken. 

A distraught Santuzza approaches the tavern of Mamma Lucia, Turiddu’s mother, who tells her that her son is away buying wine. But Santuzza knows that he was busy elsewhere. Alfio arrives, boasting of his wealth and of Lola. He asks Mamma Lucia for some of her good wine. When she says that Turiddu has gone to get more, Alfio replies that he saw him near his house earlier. Mamma Lucia is surprised, but Santuzza quiets her. 

As the villagers leave for church, Santuzza stays behind and grieves. Turiddu arrives in the piazza where Santuzza confronts him about his affair, which he denies. Just then Lola passes by mocking Santuzza, and Turiddu turns to follow her. Santuzza begs him not to leave, but he abandons her. Alfio appears and Santuzza tells him that Lola has been cheating on him with Turiddu. In a rage, Alfio swears to get even and rushes off.

Following church, the villagers gather at the tavern where Alfio confronts Turridu and challenges him to a knife fight. Turiddu admits his guilt but still proceeds to fight for Santuzza’s sake, as well as for his honor. Alone with his mother, Turiddu begs her to take care of Santuzza if he doesn’t come back, then runs off to the fight. As Mamma Lucia waits anxiously, a woman runs in screaming that Turiddu has been killed.

Cast

Cast

Othalie Graham

Santuzza

Othalie Graham

Santuzza

Dahl

Gregory Dahl

Alfio

Gregory Dahl

Alfio

Leah Field

Mama Lucia

Hilary-Tufford-Headshot

Hillary Tufford

Lola

Hillary Tufford

Lola

David Pomeroy

Turridu

David Pomeroy

Turridu

Creative Team

Creative Team

Jonathan Darlington

Conductor

Jonathan Darlington

Conductor

Composer

Pietro Mascagni (December 7, 1863 – August 2, 1945)

Italian operatic composer, one of the principal exponents of verismo, a style of opera writing marked by melodramatic, often violent plots with characters drawn from everyday life. Mascagni studied at the conservatory at Milan, but, unable to submit to the discipline of his master, Amilcare Ponchielli, he left to join a traveling opera company. In 1889 he won the first prize in a competition with his one-act opera Cavalleria rusticana, based on a Sicilian melodrama by Giovanni Verga. It was produced at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, on May 17, 1890, and was an instant success; it subsequently maintained its popularity, usually being given with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s one-act Pagliacci. Le maschere (1901), reviving the commedia dell’arte, is musically superior, though it had little success. Mascagni succeeded Arturo Toscanini as musical director of La Scala, Milan, in 1929. Among Mascagni’s other operas are L’amico Fritz (1891), Iris (1898), and Nerone (1935), the last glorifying Benito Mussolini.

Pietro Mascagni (December 7, 1863 – August 2, 1945)

Italian operatic composer, one of the principal exponents of verismo, a style of opera writing marked by melodramatic, often violent plots with characters drawn from everyday life. Mascagni studied at the conservatory at Milan, but, unable to submit to the discipline of his master, Amilcare Ponchielli, he left to join a traveling opera company. In 1889 he won the first prize in a competition with his one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana, based on a Sicilian melodrama by Giovanni Verga. It was produced at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, on May 17, 1890, and was an instant success; it subsequently maintained its popularity, usually being given with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s one-act Pagliacci. Le maschere (1901), reviving the commedia dell’arte, is musically superior, though it had little success. Mascagni succeeded Arturo Toscanini as musical director of La Scala, Milan, in 1929. Among Mascagni’s other operas are L’amico Fritz (1891), Iris (1898), and Nerone (1935), the last glorifying Benito Mussolini.

Music

CASTING AND PERFORMANCES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE