Zanetto is a sweetly moving, gorgeously scored miniature to open our double bill. It is a long way from the gritty world of Cavalleria rusticana, Mascagni's storming debut in opera; this was a composer who ranged happily across many genres in his musical journey, and Zanetto is another curiosity in his canon. It tells of an encounter between a beautiful courtesan and a young wandering minstrel, which leads to love, sacrifice and pain. The music is gentle and resonant, and there are just two singers.


Music: Pietro Mascagni
Lyrics(s): Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, Guido Menasci (after an Italian translation by Emilio Paga of Francois Coppee's play Le Passant
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Archive listings for Zanetto

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


New Production. Sung in Italian with English surtitlesProducer Holland Park. Company City of London Sinfonia. Conductor Manlio Benzi. Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Design Susannah Henry. Lighting Colin Grenfell. Performer Patricia Orr (Zanetto). Performer Janice Watson (Sylvia).
22 Jun 12 to 14 Jul 12Opera Holland Park - Open Air Theatre, Inner London :: V203
listing details L01807424182

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