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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Antonenko, Zilio, Westbroek, Platanias. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Platanias, Antonenko, Giannattasio, Hulett. Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano [DVD]

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Award winning director Damiano Michieletto has brought together these two short operas, both of which are set in a poverty-stricken Southern Italy village in the early 1980s where the Mafia has a stranglehold. Music Director of the Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, conducts this star studded cast which includes charming Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, vivacious Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio, and exhilarating Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko. These two works are prime examples of verismo opera- a genre of opera which focuses on the everyday struggles of the common man rather than on mythical or historical legends. Extra features included in this set are Introduction to Cavalleria Rusticana, Introduction to Pagliacc, an interview with Antonio Pappano on the music, and a cast gallery.

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Run Time: 168 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby digital, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean


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