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Pietro Mascagni (born Livorno, 7 December 1863; died Rome, 2 August 1945)


Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti


Novel by Alphonse Karr



First Performance: Milan (Teatro alla Scala), 5 March 1895.

First Performance in UK (tbc): Glasgow (City Halls), 14 April 2019 (concert).



For all the years since his death, indeed during most of his lifetime, Mascagni was generally regarded as a one hit wonder. The success of Cavalleria Rusticana far outstripped any of its successors. In recent years, Opera Holland Park has made something of a speciality of disinterring the works not just of Mascagni, but also Leoncavallo (Zazà), Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur), Montemezzi (L'amore dei tre re), Zandonai (Francesca da Rimini) and other Italian composers of that era. The works by Mascagni that have resurfaced include L'amico Fritz, Zanetto and Iris, with Isabeau due to appear in 2018. Even OHP have not yet tried Silvano, and this may be its British premiere, as it did not reach London in the period after its launch at La Scala in 1895.

The text is by at least one of the collaborators on Cavalleria, and features another emotionally disastrous mix, with a novel maritime element thrown in.


Main Characters

Matilde (soprano)

Silvano (tenor)

Renzo (baritone)

Rosa (contralto)

The Cast


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