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Cavalleria rusticana

Grand Courtyard
An opera in one act. Concert performance
Cavalleria rusticana


Pietro Mascagni
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti

Although P. Mascagni composed 15 operas, only his Cavalleria rusticana is recorded in golden letters in the history of music. This compact one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni, a 27-year-old unknown conductor of small theatres, revolutionized the world of opera. For more than half a century, Mr. Mascagni lived on the fame and income of the productions of this work. While the author was still alive, this opera was performed 14,000 times in Italy alone, and nowadays the work is performed more than 700 times a year on world opera stages, with various adaptations in various contexts.

This time Cavalleria rusticana shall be heard at the Pažaislis Music and LNOBT Open festivals. This performance is made special by excellent soloists, LNOBT’s choir and symphony orchestra conducted by Ričardas Šumila.