Sunday, January 13, 2019
12:00 am - 5:45 pm
Garde Arts Center
Described as “Opera as Great Romantic Cinema”, the two operas, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci recently brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival with critical acclaim especially for Jonas Kaufmann who stars in both.
The scene is set by film and opera director Philipp Stölzl, a director whose fascinating vision divides the stage into several levels, staging crowd scenes below, private feelings above – the latter projected with filmic close-ups – doubling and tripling the action. This production, according to the Kurier (Austria), “simply must be described as world-class”. The cast also includes Annalisa Stroppa, Ambrogio Maestri, Maria Agresta, and Tansel Akzeybek. Christian Thielemann conducts.