Believe it or not this was my first Cavalleria and my first Pagliacci on theatre in my life. And it couldn’t be better. Cavalleria Rusticana Let start with the obvious: Elina Garança was perfect. After her Eboli in Paris Don Carlos I was waiting for this Cavalleria as one of the top highlights of the opera season. And yes, confirmed: she is the best mezzo these days. Her voice, her singing line, her acting… is just perfect.
Wow. This was the operatic event of the year. Full star cast, superb conductor, new production from the typical enfant terrible and a lot of money. Plus, of course, the rare opportunity to see and listen to the original French version of the opera. With such high expectations it was rather difficult to match them, but we were fortunate and we had a magical opera night. 20 minutes of applause with 3 rounds of individual salutations say it all.