Gran Teatre del Liceu
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
Two of the the most successful operas of the Italian verismo style (meaning realism) are being staged at Gran Teatre del Liceu: Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
Both operas focus on the theme of death emerging from jealousy between lovers. The prologue to Pagliacci is a mixture of musical verism, which was used to turn opera into a ruthless reflection of life, conveying the harshness of social reality, in contrast to Romantic excesses.