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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Lopez-Cobos, Madrid Teatro Real

Mascagni / Urmana / La Scola / Galouzine / Bayo
Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7018  
Composer:  Pietro MascagniRuggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Viorica CortezMarco Di FeliceVincenzo La ScolaVioleta Urmana,   ... 
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real OrchestraMadrid Teatro Real Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 3 Hours 21 Mins. 

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MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana. 1 LEONCAVALLO I pagliacci 2 & Jesús López-Cobos, cond; Violetta Urmana ( Read more class="ARIAL12i">Santuzza 1 ); Vincenzo la Scola ( Turiddu 1 ); Dragana Jugovi? ( Lola 1 ); Viorica Cortez ( Mamma Lucia 1 ); Marco di Felice ( Alfio 1 ); Vladimir Galouzine ( Canio 2 ); Maria Bayo ( Nedda 2 ); Carlo Guelfi ( Tonio 2 ); Ángel Ódena ( Silvio 2 ); Antonio Gandia ( Beppe 2 ); Teatro Real O & Ch, Madrid BBC/OPUS ARTE 7018 (Blu-ray Disc: 199:00) Live: Madrid 2/27 & 3/2/2007

& Interviews with director, conductor, and principals. Cast Gallery

Stage Director Giancarlo del Monaco (the son of the famed dramatic tenor, Mario) flat-out rejects the notion that Cavalleria rusticana or Pagliacci should be performed with anything except each other. In an interview included on this Opus Arte Blu-ray release, del Monaco emphatically notes that these operas represent “the fundamental diptych of realist theater;” that they are “two sides of the same coin.” As with many other productions, del Monaco presents Pagliacci ’s Prologue before the Mascagni work, Tonio appearing in the midst of the audience to underscore that the verismo evening ahead is meant to connect to everyone’s real-world experience. A seamless integration of the two dramas is further highlighted when Turridu’s lifeless body is driven off the stage just as the first chords of Pagliacci are sounding.

The two operas have very different looks, however. The model for Cavalleria is Greek tragedy, with an abstract, brilliantly lit, all-white set and a static chorus dressed in black, as are all the principals. Pagliacci , set sometime in the 1950s, is constantly in motion and much more richly decorated, the centerpiece on stage a decrepit old truck that serves as the theater troupe’s performance venue. The casts don’t overlap at all, and though the Mascagni doesn’t disappoint, Pagliacci is the more memorable performance, thanks to the alluring—vocally and physically—Nedda of Maria Bayo and Vladimir Galouzine’s ferocious, yet thoroughly sympathetic Canio. In Cavalleria, some stage business is occasionally a bit obvious—Turridu pulls out a mirror and comb so he can primp when he hears Lola approaching—and the scene between Santuzza and Mamma Lucia is pretty melodramatic. But if you can’t chew some scenery with Cav and Pag , when can you?

The Madrid orchestra plays wonderfully under the crisply articulated and affectively potent leadership of Jesús López-Cobos, who continues to impress with his affinity for a wide range of operatic repertoire. The sound is good, 48,000 kHz PCM for both stereo and 5.0 multichannel options. This is better than standard DVD (for the surround program) but not at all in SACD/DVD Audio territory, which is possible with Blu-ray’s specifications. Extras include the ubiquitous Cast Gallery as well as interviews with the director, conductor, and four of the principal singers. Subtitle choices include English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

FANFARE: Andrew Quint
Canio – Vladimir Galouzine
Nedda – María Bayo
Tonio – Carlo Guelfi
Beppe – Antonio Gandía
Silvio – Ángel Ódena

Giancarlo del Monaco, stage director

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid, in February and March 2007.

- Interviews with Giancarlo del Monaco, Jesús López Cobos, Violeta Urmana, Vincenzo La Scola, Vladimir Galouzine and María Bayo.
- Cast gallery.

Picture format: 1080i High Definition, NTSC 16:9 Sound format: PCM 2.0 and 5.0
Region code: 0 (all regions)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Menu Language: English
Running time: 201 mins
No. of Discs: 1 (Blu-ray BD50 disc)

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Works on This Recording

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Viorica Cortez (Mezzo Soprano), Marco Di Felice (Baritone), Vincenzo La Scola (Tenor),
Violeta Urmana (Soprano), Dragana Jugovic (Voice)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Maria Bayo (Soprano), Vladimir Galouzine (Tenor), Antonio Gandía (Tenor),
Carlo Guelfi (Baritone), Angel Odena (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Highly Recommended August 17, 2019 By Robert C. (Tucson, AZ) See All My Reviews "I ordered this disc because I did not have a Cav/Pag and it was dirt cheap. I am not particularly fond of either opera and have conscientiously avoided performances for the last three decades. Perhaps, since my opera collection includes three performances of "Vec Makropulos", I thought I could include some more standard items. And, as I said, the price was unbeatable. The brilliance of the stagings, musical performances and the recording techniques turned my bored condescension to enthusiastic delight. As I've said, "Highly Recommended"." Report Abuse
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