Cavalleria Rusticana with I Pagliacci
March 6 - March 8, 2009
As per tradition for this popular pairing of one act operas, the double bill kicks off with Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni. Cavalleria Rusticana is a tragic tale of infidelity, revenge and violence that takes place on Easter day in a Sicilian village. For the second part of the evening, life imitates art in Ruggero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, which takes place in an Italian village where a crowd welcomes a traveling troupe of actors led by Canio. While onstage, Canio and Nedda each perform ironically parallel roles in a play about infidelity and revenge. During the performance, the offstage drama overwhelms Canio, leaving a bewildered audience looking on, unsure if Canio has crossed the line from make-believe to murder.