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Pagliacci
& Cavalleria rusticana

Passion. Jealousy. Tragedy.

CANCELED

Overview

A masterful, perfect Verismo opera evening.”

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Pagliacci: Music and Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Cavalleria rusticana: Music by Pietro Mascagni; Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci

Experience twice the drama and twice the thrill with an earthy new production of opera’s classic double bill. Small-town lives are turned upside down when a returning soldier and a vengeful clown upset provincial norms, resulting in shocking crimes of passion. In a single performance, two distinct yet complementary tales of adultery, jealousy, and revenge explore elemental emotions in true verismo style.

Guy Montavon’s highly theatrical new production transforms the public squares of southern Italy into a revolving mask-filled arena, with eye-catching commedia dell’arte costumes for Leoncavallo’s clowns. As the chorus watches like spectators at a coliseum, the characters cannot escape their tragic fates.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In Italian with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 3 hours including 1 intermissions

Performed at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street | Directions & Parking

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Cast

Gregory Kunde

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Turiddu (Cav.)/Canio (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Kankakee, IL
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ramiro, Cinderella (’96); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (’88); Tamino, The Magic Flute (’88)
Recently: Otello, Otello (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Samson, Samson et Dalila (Teatro de la Maestranza); Calaf, Turandot (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Don Carlos, Don Carlos (Opera Royal de Wallonie); Jean de Leyde, Le Prophète (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Calaf, Turandot (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)

Last Updated: December 2019

Gregory Kunde

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Arsen Soghomonyan

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Turiddu (Cav.)/Canio (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Otello, Otello (Berlin Philharmonic); Canio, Pagliacci (Teatro di San Carlo); Roberto, Le Villi (Opera Rara)
Upcoming: Calaf, Turandot (Rome Opera); Cavaradossi, Tosca (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples)

Last Updated: December 2019

Arsen Soghomonyan

Turiddu (Cav.) / Canio (Pag.)

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Melody Moore

Santuzza (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Santuzza, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Dyersburg, TN
Seattle Opera Debut: Katya, Katya Kabanova ('17)
Recently: Amneris, Aida (Houston Grand Opera); Giorgetta/Santuzza, Il Tabarro/Cavalleria Rusticana (Dresden Philharmonic/Commercial Recording); Elisabetta, Don Carlo (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Foreign Princess, Rusalka (Cincinnati Opera); Salome, Salome (Bard College)

Last updated: January 2020

Melody Moore

Santuzza (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Marcy Stonikas

Santuzza (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Santuzza (Cav.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Lady, The Magic Flute (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw ('18); High Priestess, Aida ('18); Mother, Hansel and Gretel (’17); Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Tosca, Tosca (’15)
Recently: Mother, Hansel and Gretel (San Diego Opera); Chrysothemis, Elektra (Minnesota Opera); Tosca, Tosca (Arizona Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

 

Marcy Stonikas

Santuzza (Cav.)

Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Nedda (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Durango (Bizkaia), Spain
Seattle Opera Debut: Micaëla, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Giselda, I Lombardi (ABAO); Jenny Smith, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Korea National Opera); Mimì, La bohème (ABAO)
Upcoming: Vitellia, La Clemenza di Tito (Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona); Violetta Valery, La Traviata (Teatro de la Maestranza)

Last updated: December 2019

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Nedda (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 12, 16, & 22

Joyce El-Khoury

Nedda (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Toronto
Seattle Opera Debut: Mary Stuart, Mary Stuart (’16)
Recently: Liù, Turandot (COC Toronto); Elisabetta, Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera / Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); Mimì, La bohème (Australian Opera)
Upcoming: Anna, Le villi (Opéra Limoges); Mirra, Sardanapalo (Müpa Budapest); Rose R., Awakenings (Opera St. Louis)

Last updated: December 2019

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Joyce El-Khoury

Nedda (Pag.)

Aug. 9, 15, 19, & 21

Michael Mayes

Alfio (Cav.) / Tonio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Alfio/Tonio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Cut-n-Shoot, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Di Luna, Il trovatore ('19)
Recently: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera); Joseph de Rocher, Dead Man Walking (The Israeli Opera); Richard Nixon, Nixon In China (Staatsoper Stuttgart)
Upcoming: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Nashville Opera) Daddy/Mr. Floyd, The Copper Queen (Arizona Opera [premiere]); Beck, Everest (BBC Orchestra)

Last updated: December 2019

Michael Mayes

Alfio (Cav.) / Tonio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Tichina Vaughn

Mamma Lucia (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Mamma Lucia (Cav.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Winstom-Salem, NC
Seattle Opera Debut:
 Amneris, Aida (’92)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Eboli, Don Carlos ('93); Antonia’s Mother, The Tales of Hoffmann ('14)
Recently: Lily, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera); Fortune Teller, Fiery Angel (Theater an der Wien); Maria, Porgy and Bess (English National Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Tichina Vaughn

Mamma Lucia (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Sarah Larsen

Lola (Cav.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Lola, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2011/12, 2012/13
Seattle Opera Debut: Mercédès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); The Secretary, The Consul (’14); Maddalena, Rigoletto (’14)
Recently: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Mill City Summer Orchestra); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Virginia Opera); Jan, Everest (Calgary Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: December 2019

Sarah Larsen

Lola (Cav.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Will Liverman

Silvio (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Marcello, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Silvio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Raimbaud, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Papageno, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera); Silvio, Pagliacci (Opera Colorado); Pantalone, The Love for Three Oranges (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Portland Opera); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Austin Opera); Leporello, Don Giovanni (Los Angeles Opera)

Last Updated: February 2020

Will Liverman

Silvio (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Andrew Stenson

Beppe (Pag.)

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Beppe, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tamino, The Magic Flute ('17); Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12) 
Recently: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Demetrius, The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera); Candide, Candide (Glimmerglass Festival); Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Colorado Opera); The Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Dallas Opera) 

Last Updated: December 2019

Andrew Stenson

Beppe (Pag.)

Aug. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, & 22

Creative Team

Oksana Lyniv

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Brody, Ukraine
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Bluebeard’s Castle (Bavarian State Opera Munich); Medée (Staatsoper Berlin); Don Carlo (Opera Graz)
Upcoming: I Puritani (Oper Frankfurt); Jenůfa (Opéra National de Paris); Madame Butterfly (Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Last Updated: December 2019

Oksana Lyniv

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Guy Montavon

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Das Land des Lächelns (Wuppertaler Bühnen Opernhaus); Im weißen Rößl (Theater Erfurt); Médée (Landestheater Linz)
Upcoming: Pagliacci (Theater Bonn Opernhaus); Director/Lighting, Der fliegende Holländer (ABAO, Bilbao Palacio Euskalduna); Nabucco (DomStufen-Festspiele)

Last Updated: December 2019

Guy Montavon

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Hank Irwin Kittel

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Erfurt, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Sets and Costumes, Roméo et Juliette (Theater Erfurt); Sets and Costumes, Der fliegende Holländer (Shanghai Opera House, Bilbao ABAO); Sets and Costumes, Carmen (Theater Erfurt Domstufen)
Upcoming: Sets, Staatstheater (Theater Bonn); Sets and costumes, Leonore 40/45 (Theater Bonn); Sets and Costumes, Narben (Staatstheater Braunschweig)

Last Updated: February 2020

Hank Irwin Kittel

Set Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Bianca Deigner

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Wozzeck (Theater Erfurt); Cabaret (Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen); Elektra (Theater Bonn)
Upcoming: Cavalleria rusticana (Theater Bonn); Pagliacci (Theater Bonn)

Last Updated: December 2019

Bianca Deigner

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Tosca

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin (‘20); Pianist, Recitals with Melody Wilson and Angela Brown (’20), and Three Singing Sisters (’19)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana and The Elixir of Love and Pianist, Angela Meade and Jamie Barton in Concert (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: February 2020

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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2020/21 Season Sponsors

James and Sherry Raisbeck
Barbara Stephanus

Production Sponsor

Kreielsheimer Foundation

Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana, Theater Bonn, 2019 © Thilo Beu, THEATER BONN