A year on – with the Met

This evening we are off to the Malvern Theatre to see the Met Opera production of Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo I Pagliacci.

Having seen several of these live broadcasts, including some from the Royal Opera House, this is something to look forward to – especially as another year marker arrived this morning.

MetOpera25April15Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.

Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.

Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci.

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

A Broadcast Screening Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, New York