Argentina Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana (arr. Antonio Russo): Pageant della Canzonetta Italiana: Soloists, Refrain and Orchestra of Juventus Lyrica / André dos Santos (conductor). Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires, 2.6.2023. (JSJ)
Director and costumes: Ana D’Anna
Units: Gonzalo Córdova
Refrain: Federico Chlopecki
Turiddu: Marcelo Gomez / Ramiro Perez
Santuzza: Marianela Finocchiaro / Cintia Velázquez
Alfio: Juan Salvador Trupia
Lola: Rocio Arbizu / Estefania Cap
Mamma Lucia: Roxana Deviggiano / Milagros Seijo
After a restricted season in 2022 as musical lifestyles in Buenos Aires began convalescing following the federal government directed shutdowns of the former two years, Juventus Lyrica is again with what guarantees to be a complete season.
And kicking it off was once Mascagni’s one act Cavalleria Rusticana strangely coupled with a ’ ‘Pageant della Canzonetta Italiana’ – a pageant of Italian songs, which were conceived by means of the corporate’s director Ana D’Anna after which musical director (the now past due) Antonio Russo for the 2020 season, which clearly by no means came about.
Constituted of 11 conventional songs from composers together with De Curtis, De Meglio, Denza, Gastaldon, Leoncavallo, Rossini and Tosti, they’re introduced in a continual cycle, interconnected with traces from Italian poets similar to Alighieri and Quasimodo – the entire orchestrated by means of Russo and lasting about 50 mins.
For Russo, who was once born in Sicily, it will have to were a labour of affection however which, together with his loss of life in Would possibly 2001, he was once denied to offer.
Songs similar to those are infrequently heard in a reside surroundings right here and with some higher identified than others, made for a fascinating revel in with their presentation by means of more than a few of the Juventus Lyrica singers.
Whilst all have been introduced to a prime degree, specifically notable was once De Meglio’s ‘Alla fiera di Mast’Andrea’ quartet by means of Victoria Ratto, Natalia Beresky, Sol Risé and Camila Piccolo, which was once the hole tune, Rossini’s ‘Los angeles Danza’ with the total ensemble and the preferred and most probably easiest identified to maximum ‘Funiculi, funicula’ by means of Denza led by means of Marcelo Gomez because the last quantity.
With the ensemble in gown and the easy scene already set, Cavalleria Rusticana adopted in the second one part with colors reflective of a small rural neighborhood and the unfolding tragedy and brightened essentially by means of the intense purple of Lola’s get dressed.
With the storyline rather restricted – in keeping with the admitted however by no means explicitly noticed infidelities of Turiddu with Lola and the jealousies in their respective spouses, a lot rests at the soloists to power the motion.
Right here Rocio Arbizu was once a playful and tantalising Lola and Marcelo Gomez a powerful Turiddu. As their respective companions Marianela Finocchiaro, a brand new soloist with the corporate, was once an impressive and convincing Santuzza and Juan Salvador Trupia a hanging Alfio.
And shuffling round, Mamma Lucia, the mummy of Turiddu, was once smartly performed by means of Roxana Deviggiano.
André dos Santos led the orchestra with excellent momentum and stability and the refrain with a brand new mixture of faces sung with their standard enthusiasm to supply a favorable begin to the 2023 season.
Jonathan Spencer Jones