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.
There is a new opera festival in the city named… well… Opera in the city. It description says: will show innovative takes on rarely performed masterpieces as well as new and experimental works. Yesterday we have a take on the former: a couple of operatic masterpieces not commonly set nowadays. The double bill started with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri, you know, the opera based on the same Pushkin’s drama which Amadeus was based on too.