Above: Opera Barcelona’s production of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci. Credit: Antoni Bofill.
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Opera Barcelona brings an enticing double-bill to the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series with two performances: Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, from the Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2019 season.
In Cavalleria rusticana, hear soprano Elena Panktratova as Santuzza alongside tenor Roberto Alagna as the recently-returned soldier Turiddu in this story of love, jealousy, and drama. Also starring in this production is Maria Luisa Corbacho as Mamma Lucia, Gabriele Viviani as Alfio, and Mercedes Gancedo as Lola.
Then, the classic pairing continues with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, written as a response to Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana in 1890. Hear the remarkable tenor Roberto Alagna as Canlo, with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Nedda. Gabriele Viviani brings his baritone prowess to the role of Tonlo, with tenor Vicenç Esteve as Beppe, and baritone Duncan Rock as Silvio.
About the Host
Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida. She also hosts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.
This opera is brought to you through the European Broadcasting Union, by way of the Spanish radio organization RTVE.
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November.