CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

October 6th & 8th, 2017 | Opera’s Classic Double Bill, Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

In February 1943 a group of music lovers, led by Walter L. Loubat (1885-1945), drew up a charter creating the New Orleans Opera House Association. Amelio Colantoni served as artistic director; former Metropolitan Opera conductor Louis Hasselmans was recruited from nearby Louisiana State University’s faculty; and Lelia Haller, a New Orleanian who had danced with the Paris Opéra Ballet, began the training of a resident corps de ballet.

 

The inaugural summer season of open-air performances, billed as “Opera under the Stars”, was planned for City Park stadium. The first production, a double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci was performed on June 11 and 12, 1943. It was followed by three other works that summer. The initial season scored a success, but the ever-present threat of evening showers in semi-tropical New Orleans prompted a move indoors to the Municipal Auditorium that autumn. The concert hall of the Auditorium remained home for the Opera Association until the inauguration of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts in 1973.

 

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Opera Under The Stars

New Orleans Opera Digital Archives of Loyola University 

 

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

 

In honor of those first historic performances in 1943, we are staging a new production of opera’s most famous double bill. These two gripping tragedies were pulled from the headlines of the day. Mascagni’s Sicilian melodrama, Cavalleria rusticana, features tenor Dominick Chenes in the role of Turiddu, Dana Beth Miller as his fallen ex-lover Santuzza, and, as the cuckold Alfio, bass-baritone Wayne Tigges. 

 

Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci notches up the drama with a clown driven to madness and murder. Playing the infamously betrayed Canio is internationally recognized tenor Frank Porretta, and his cheating wife Nedda is sung by Jessica Rose CambioWayne Tigges portrays the jealous and vile Tonio in this tale, which remains as thrilling today as the day it premiered.  >Metropolitan Opera Synopsis

 

CAST – Cavalleria rusticana 

Turiddu – Dominick Chenes 

Santuzza – Dana Beth Miller 

Alfio – Wayne Tigges 

Mamma Lucia – Phyllis Treigle 

New Orleans Opera Chorus 

 

CAST – Pagliacci 

Canio – Frank Poretta 

Nedda – Jessica Rose Cambio 

Silvio – Joshua Jeremiah 

Beppe – Thomas J. Capobianco 

Villagers – H. Aaron Ambeau and Christian Patterson 

New Orleans Opera Chorus 

New Orleans Opera Children’s Chorus

 

>Metropolitan Opera Synopsis

OPENING NIGHT PARTY & PERFORMANCE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th @6:30 PM

BRUNCH AND MATINEE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th @2:30 PM

MAINSTAGE SERIES: FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

SINGLE TICKETS START AT $25

 

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