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Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana isn’t nearly vulgar enough

They rescue their double bill, however, with an admirable Pagliacci. Plus: at the Barbican, Leoncavallo’s Zaza: plotless, vastly too long, musically weak - and thrilling

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM



Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci

Royal Opera House, in rep until 1 January 2016

How often do you get a chance to see two operas by Leoncavallo in the same city in the same week? Never, until this last week in London, when Opera Rara gave a concert performance of Zazà at the Barbican, and six days later the Royal Opera mounted its first production since the 1980s of Cav.

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