Ballet & Dance

Cavalleria rusticana / I pagliacci
Music by   Pietro Mascagni(Cavalleria rusticana)
Ruggiero Leoncavallo(I pagliacci)
4 performances

April 5(Wed)7:00pm, 7(Fri)7:00pm, 9(Sun)3:00pm and 11(Tue)2:00pm 2006

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Grischa Asagaroff
Scenery & Costume Design: Luigi Perego
Lighting Design: Tatsuta Yuji


Cavalleria rusticana
Santuzza: Gabriere Schnaut
Turiddu: Alberto Cupido*

I pagliacci

Canio: Christian Franz
Nedda: Omura Hiromi
Tonio: Kono Katsunori

Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

* The role of Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) is changed to Alberto Cupido from Christian Franz. The role of Canio (I pagliacci) will be performed by Chiristian Franz as scheduled. Please refer to New National Theatre News(8/29, 2005)

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Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and I pagliacci (The Clowns) are two major verismo operas. Both are fine works characterized by the music that straightforwardly portrays the sentiments of the characters against the backdrop of southern Italy, full of local and religious color, and by the passionate and tense drama that moves the audience to tears. Look forward to the cast of talented singers and players who will produce powerful music, including the beautiful yet ‘pathetic’ interlude for Cavalleria rusticana and the heroic aria Vesti la guibba (On with the motley) in I pagliacci.
Stage Photos
Cavalleria rusticana
Turiddu, who is betrayed by his lover Lola, seduces Santuzza in revenge. However, unable to forget Lola, Turiddu and she start an affair. In a fit of jealousy, Santuzza tells Lola's husband, Alfio, about the affair, causing Alfio to challenge Turiddu to a duel.
I pagliacci
Nedda, wife of traveling show leader Canio, falls in love with Silvio, a young villager. While knowing of his wife's unfaithfulness, Canio prepares for a play musing bitterly, "Even when I weep sad tears, I have to play the clown." During the performance, while Nedda is acting the role of an adulteress, Canio goes mad and stabs his wife to death.

<Conductor> <Production>
Fabio Luisi Grischa Asagaroff
Fabio Luisi Grischa Asagaroff
<Main Cast >
Gabriele Schnaut Christian Franz Omura Hiromi
Gabriele Schnaut Christian Franz Omura Hiromi