Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (Blu-ray)

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Jonas Kaufmann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor, Christian Thielemann

As comparably short operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role-debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening. At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival Jonas Kaufmann did just that - to rapturous praise. Universally hailed as a coup for Kaufmann, the plaudits were also showered on Philipp Stölzl for his innovative compartmentalized staging which included live video projections while referencing the era of black-and-white movies.

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Gramophone Magazine

May 2016 - DVD/Blu-ray of the Month
Gramophone Awards 2016 - Shortlisted - Opera

"We have plenty of the thrilling, untrammelled and ringing sound that the tenor is capable of at his best...Happily, Kaufmann’s outstanding central performances are well matched, both musically and scenically...on his own terms, Stölzl creates a drama of real intensity...Thielemann is always aware of the drama and the beauties of the playing are many."

Limelight Magazine

"tölzl’s compartmentalised staging works well, solving problems inherent in the Salzburg stage...Vocally the stars are Kaufmann and Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. The former is in superb voice, every word clear, top notes ringing...Monastyrska creates a sympathetic Santuzza, her possessiveness making it clear why Turiddù strays."

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Cast Listing:

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor, Christian Thielemann

Jonas Kaufmann (Turiddu), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Santuzza), Ambrogio Maestri (Alfio), Annalisa Stroppa (Lola), Stefania Toczyska (Mamma Lucia)


Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor, Christian Thielemann

Jonas Kaufmann (Canio), Maria Agresta (Nedda), Dimitri Platanias (Tonio), Alessio Arduini (Silvio), Tansel Akzeybek (Beppe)