Pietro Mascagni - Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Santuzza: Kristina Kolar
Silvio: Davor Nekjak
Children (participants of the Creative Educational Center “Musical Carousel”): Luana Špelić / Uma Smolčić
Children: Lea Josipović / Kristina Lincmajer Rizoniko / Alberta Bossi / Elia Saraconi / Cvita Vidučić
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Riječki operni zbor
Riječki simfonijski orkestar

Premiere: 25 January 2023

These two operas guided by a simple, true, powerful and tragic plot driven by love, passion, jealousy, injured honor, betrayal and revenge were created in the early 1890s and are often performed one after the other. Both take place in a sultry southern Italy ruled by traditional values; they provide a piece of real life, inspired by truth and evoking delight with untamed emotional power achieved through music. Don’t miss the Italian opera realism of these twin works of classic verism, the dramatic masterpieces Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, the latter irresistibly inspired by the former.


Special thanks to Mr. Toni Šaina of the Department of Wall Painting and Mosaics at the Croatian Restoration Institute in Rijeka for the insight into numerous Istrian frescoes.

Special thanks to the Grobnički dondolaši and the Žejanski zvončari associations for the use of equipment and costumes, Damir Čargonja Čarli for the use of the mask, Velid Đekić for the photos from the book “They Called Me Industrial” (“Zvali su me Industrijska”), and the Ensemble of Croatian Folk Dances and Songs LADO for the use of the instrument (mih).


The operas each last approximately one hour and twenty minutes, with one intermission between them.

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