Cavalleria rusticana /​ sancta susanna

Pietro Mascagni / Paul Hindemith

Opéra Bastille - from 28 November to 23 December 2016

Cavalleria Rusticana

Melodramma in one act (1890)

Music
Pietro Mascagni
Libretto
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti
Guido Menasci

After Giovanni Verga
In Italian

Conductor
Carlo Rizzi
Director
Mario Martone
Santuzza
Elīna Garanča
Elena Zhidkova
Turiddu
Yonghoon Lee
Marco Berti
Lucia
Elena Zaremba
Alfio
Vitaliy Bilyy
Lola
Antoinette Dennefeld
Set design
Sergio Tramonti
Costume design
Ursula Patzak
Lighting design
Pasquale Mari
Assistant stage director
Daniela Schiavone
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Sancta Susanna

Opera in one act (1922)

Music
Paul Hindemith
Libretto
August Stramm

In German

Conductor
Carlo Rizzi
Director
Mario Martone
Susanna
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Klementia
Renée Morloc
Alte Nonne
Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Set design
Sergio Tramonti
Costume design
Ursula Patzak
Lighting design
Pasquale Mari
Choreography
Raffaella Giordano
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Cavalleria rusticana : Production du Teatro alla Scala, Milan

French and English surtitles

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"Oh Lola, red as the cherry in your milky white blouse…"  

Turiddu, prélude


A small village in Sicily, Easter Sunday. A despondent Santuzza searches for Turiddu, the man she loves. Before leaving for the army he was in love with Lola. But Santuzza, despite being married to Alfio, has won back Turiddu’s heart... In 1889, on Puccini’s advice, Pietro Mascagni chose to adapt one of Giovanni Verga’s plays for an opera composition competition. Mascagni won the prize and the first performance of the work was an unprecedented triumph for the 26-year-old composer. Numerous performances would follow and the saga of a small community of men and women slowly engulfed by an inexorable tragedy would quickly become a huge success all across Europe. Elīna Garanča and then Elena Zhidkova will lend their voices to the role of the heart-breaking Santuzza. 
Mario Martone has devised a new production of Paul Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna which is being presented in a double bill with his original La Scala production of Cavalleria rusticana. An opera from the composer’s early years, rediscovered in France in the early 2000s, Sancta Susanna is a profoundly expressionist work with several levels of interpretation. Klementia, who has been a nun for several years, is troubled by an apparition of Saint Susanna. The latter, performed by Anna Caterina Antonacci, lifts the veil on a carnal world she finds disturbing. Encouraged to confide by this awakening, Klementia recounts the passion of a young girl in the convent who many years before had stripped naked and embraced the body of Christ on the Cross. Darkness and light, life and death, body and soul all struggle and dialogue in this short, smouldering work in which the biblical figure of Susanna takes on an unparalleled psychological dimension.

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