“Marco Štorman aimed high when he decided to stage Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The success of the colourful, unique production of these two verist short operas is mainly due to the outstanding musical performances.
The Carinthian Symphony Orchestra, with the conduction of Alexander Soddy, leads the singers confidently through the adversities of South-Italian rural society.
Mary Elizabeth Williams’ unbelievable presence shows the strenght and powerlessness of Santuzza in the midst of the strict social structures. Her emotional battle with Turridu –Ricardo Tamura’s tenor is purely delectable – gives an unforgettable experience. Just like Csaba Szegedi’s versatile baritone as the furious driver, Alfio. Szegedi is the key figure also in Pagliacci as Tonio/Taddeo. In the same costume as in Cavalleria rusticana, he – with astonishing mimicry – is in control of the fate of Nedda/Colombina – sung by Guanqun Yu’s brilliant and voluminous soprano – and Canio/Pagliacco – sung by Tamura who gave great character to the leader of the comedians.
Other solists, the choir led by Günter Wallner and several children make the evening unforgettable. ​”​

Andrea Hein
Translator: Fanni Sólyom – Nagy