Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Director Sir David McVicar sets the action across two time periods, but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek and Patricia Racette sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Approximate running time is 3 hours, 30 minutes.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for children 12 and younger and $7.50 for Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.