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Roberto Alagna Stars In Sir David McVicar's Production Of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI

Roberto Alagna Stars In Sir David McVicar's Production Of  CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI

The verismo double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci returns to the Met beginning January 8, 2018. Sir David McVicar's production features Roberto Alagna as the chief protagonist in both parts; as Turiddu, a returning soldier in Cavalleria; and as Canio, the head of a traveling performance troupe in Pagliacci. The French tenor previously accomplished the feat of singing both of the one-act operas in one evening at the Met, in 2009, one of ten singers to have done so with the company since 1901.

Alagna's co-stars for Cavalleria Rusticana include Ekaterina Semenchuk and Eva-Maria Westbroek, sharing the role of jilted lover Santuzza, and George Gagnidze and Željko Lui as the cart driver, Alfio. For Pagliacci, Aleksandra Kurzak sings the role of Canio's wife Nedda with Gagnidze as fellow entertainer Tonio, and Alessio Arduini as Nedda's lover, Silvio. Nicola Luisotti conducts all performances.

For the Met, Roberto Alagna previously sang Turridu and Canio in 2009 and Canio in 2016. He made his Met debut as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème in 1996, and his multiple other roles with the company have included his role debut as des Grieux in the new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut, the title role of Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Don José in Bizet's Carmen, Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, and Radamès in Verdi's Aida.

Ekaterina Semenchuk makes her Met role debut as Santuzza. Earlier this season, she was a soloist during the Met's concert performances of Verdi's Requiem, and her other credits with the company have included Princess Marina in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Pauline in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, and her company debut as Sonya in Prokofiev's War and Peace.

Eva-Maria Westbroek previously sang Santuzza during the Met's 2014-15 new production premiere. She made her company debut in 2011 as Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, followed by performances in the title role of Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, Katerina Ismailova in Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Elizabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser.

Aleksandra Kurzak adds a new role to her Met repertory as Nedda, a role she has previously sung at Zurich Opera. She made her company debut in 2004 as Olympia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann and has also sung Blondchen in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with the company.

George Gagnidze made his Met debut as Rigoletto in 2009. His other Met performances have included Amonasro in Verdi's Aida, Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, the title role in Verdi's Macbeth, and Shaklovity in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina. In the 2015/16 Met season, he reprised the roles of Tonio in Pagliacci and as Rigoletto. Amongst other performances of the 2017/18 season Gagnidze recently sang both Alfio and Tonio with the Hamburg State Opera.

Željko Lu?i? made his Met debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli's La Gioconda and has sung 12 roles with the company, including the title role in Nabucco, Amonasro in Aida, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Iago in a new production of Otello which opened the 2015-16 season. His performances as Iago, the title role of Rigoletto, and the title role of Macbeth, opposite Anna Netrebko, have all been seen throughout the world as part of the Met's Live in HD series. He sang the role of Scarpia at the Met in 2015, and will reprise the role in the Met's new production, opening on New Year's Eve.

Nicola Luisotti made his Met debut conducting Tosca in 2006, and since then has conducted La Bohème and La Fanciulla del West with the company. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the San Francisco Opera and has conducted many other opera companies including La Scala, La Fenice, the Bavarian State Opera, Dresden State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Radio Broadcasts

The January 8 and January 29 performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75. The performances on January 8 and 29 will also be streamed live on the Met's website,

The January 13 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

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