Opera North - Cavalleria rusticana / Aleko

Opera North - Cavalleria rusticana  Aleko
Language: Cavalleria rusticana | Sung in Italian with English titles Aleko | Sung in Russian with English titles

Running time: Cavalleria rusticana | Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes Aleko | 1 hour

Age guidance: 12+

Enjoy twice the thrill with this double bill of the ever-popular Cavalleria rusticana and Rachmaninov’s rarely heard Aleko. In both gritty blood-soaked dramas, jealous love triangles plummet to violent ends.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely. Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

A celebrated overnight success in its day, _Cavalleria rusticana_ spearheaded the verismo movement which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too. Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies. With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, _Cavalleria rusticana_ remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

ALEKO Rachmaninov’s first opera is a story of emotion run riot. In the past, Aleko turned his back on the restrictions of conventional society and joined a marginalised community where he fell in love with a young woman, Zemfira. But her love for him has grown cold and she finds solace in the arms of a young lover. Driven on by the unforgiving code of honour he has inherited, Aleko exacts a bloody vengeance for this betrayal.

Composed when he was just 19 years old, Rachmaninov’s passionate score displays the rich orchestral palette familiar from his piano concertos and symphonies, as well as his unparalleled gift for melody – nowhere more so than in _Aleko_’s moving Cavatina. KAROLINA SOFULAK’S new production shares the bill with _Cavalleria rusticana_, and is designed as a companion piece for Mascagni’s equally youthful masterpiece.

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