Mascagni/ Leoncavallo

Cavalleria Rusticana & Zingari

Opera in Concert

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A young Sicilian villager returns from the wars to find his fiancée has married another. Unable to resist her former lover she is soon back in his bed, but her husband is distraught and intent on revenge…

Effortlessly evoking the harsh romance of Sicilian life, Cavalleria rusticana is a work of pulsing passion and rich lyricism. Stuart Stratford chooses to pair it here not with Pagliacci, as is often the case, but with the Scottish Opera premiere of a lesser-known work by Leoncavallo, Zingari. With a parallel narrative that sees another love triangle go disastrously wrong, it is based on Pushkin’s The Gypsies – a fiery testament to Leoncavallo’s love of combining music and poetry.

Running time approx. 2 hr 30 mins
Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Supported by Scottish Opera Endowment Trust

Cast & Creatives

Soloists include
Evez Abdulla, Peter Auty, Justina Gringyte, Julia Sporsén & Louise Winter

Stuart Stratford

Orpha Phelan