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The fearsome winds of March blow in a double bill of murder and treachery. In Cavalleria Rusticana, renowned tenor Richard Leech portrays the fickle Turiddu, while the well known American dramatic soprano, Carter Scott, sings the part of Santuzza, the girlfriend he no longer loves. He loves a married woman, Lola, interpreted by New Zealand mezzo, Sarah Castle. His duplicity, of course, leads to his downfall.

'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' - Richard Leech as Turiddu and José Cura as Canio. Photo © Sasha Gusov and Cory Weaver
'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' - Richard Leech as Turiddu and José Cura as Canio. Photo © Sasha Gusov and Cory Weaver

The second opera of the evening is Pagliacci (Clowns). Canio, the leader of a circus troupe, will be sung by the world famous tenor and conductor, José Cura. He will be making his first appearance in San Diego, but he has already recorded this role for Decca. Canio is considerably older than his wife, Nedda, who is two-timing him with a much younger man. Canio is terribly distraught but, in the age old tradition, he tries to go on with the show as he sings the famous aria 'Vesti la giubba'.

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