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La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Leoncavallo: Zazà



La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Leoncavallo: Zazà


The Italian Cultural Institute in London is proud to feature a series of five musical episodes, to show the multifaceted complexity of the Italian operatic scene in the period comprising the last decades of the nineteenth century and the initial ones of the twentieth.
The first four events are focused on the most prominent representatives of the Giovane Scuola (Young School), to allow a deeper understanding of how these composers variously attempted to renew the narrative and musical language of Italian Romantic melodrama, without rejecting its sound basic pattern, which alternates theatrical dynamism and static lyricism.
The last event is aimed at giving an insight on a personality who brought this pattern into question consciously and radically not only by carrying out a rigorous meditation about the aesthetics and social role of theatre in the Classical Antiquity, but also by writing and composing his innovative operatic dramas in accordance with such a meditation.


27 October 2017
Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine & Madama Butterfly
20 November 2017
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier
20 December 2017
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Zazà
22 January 2018
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
12 February 2018
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale


The Episode consists of two moments.
Masterclass. A three-hour learning opportunity tailored especially for a public of music students and opera enthusiasts.
Concert. An event open to a general public eager to appreciate exquisite excerpts from an outstanding Italian operatic masterpiece.

Please, note!

  • There is a booking service for the Masterclass and a booking service for the Concert. Therefore, if you are interested in the Masterclass and the Concert, you must book separately for each one through the links below.
  • Between the Masterclass and the Concert, there is a break (18:00-19:30), during which you can either stay at the Italian Cultural Institute and enjoy the other ongoing activities or leave the Institute and come back in time for the Concert from 19:10.

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Since “Pagliacci”, by Ruggero Leoncavallo, was premiered in Milan in 1892, this short masterpiece has very often been coupled with another earlier short mastepiece - “Cavalleria rusticana” (Rome, 1890), by Pietro Mascagni - for reasons musicologists have analysed in depth.
Matching “Cavalleria” and “Zazà”, the Italian Cultural Institute infringes this tradition widely observed by opera houses all over the world, to feature two of the recurring settings in the works of the Giovane Scuola – a remote village in the South of Italy and some French typically bohémien haunts – and to juxtapose a story of jealousy, revenge and violent death with one of seduction, purity and desperate abandonment.

Programme & Performers
The episode will feature and contrast some pieces from the operas "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Zazà" as well as some pieces from other operas constituting the musical context of Mascagni's and Leoncavallo's works.
Carmen Solís, soprano
Nicholas Chalmers, pianoforte
The students of the Masterclass

For more information please click here

Masterclass: [BOOK NOW]

Concert: [BOOK NOW]


Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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