I see microphones about every eight feet. Do we have a broadcast?This past 11 and 13 November of 2022, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana was performed in concert at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. For these performances, Maestro Thomas Hengelbrock used his own performance material produced in close association with Bärenreiter-Verlag and the editor, Andreas Giger, of a new edition of the score planned for publication in 2023 (the autograph is located at Stanford University). Some 250 bars of previously excised music were re-introduced for these performances and, of course, will appear in the new edition. We know that Mascagni initially wrote the larger score but was forced to trim and alter it when the Santuzza, the Turiddu and even the chorus members protested, demanding that the pitch be lowered and maybe something else or another.
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Cast of Cavalleria rusticana, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Sunday, 13 November 2022
From left: Domen Križaj (Alfio); Eva Zaicik (Lola); Carolina López Moreno (Santuzza); Maestro Thomas Hengelbrock; Giorgio Berrugi (Turiddu); Cheryl Studer (Lucia)