Marek Janowski conducts “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Il tabarro” – Opera in Concert at the Dresden Kulturpalast concert hall (8./10.3.2019)


Photocredit: Felix Broede

The Dresden Philharmonic, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and an ensemble of soloists, including Melody Moore and Brian Jagde will perform the one-act operas “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Il tabarro” by Giacomo Puccini under the baton of Marek Janowski, at the Dresden Kulturpalast concert hall on the 8th and 10th March 2019.

For Janowski, “Il trittico“ (of which in Dresden “Il tabarro” will be performed) is “doubtlessly Puccini’s most impressionistic work, in which he not only imitates the sounds of car horns, ship sirens and church bells, but also creates moods through the subtlest of means.” Just as expressively, although in an entirely different way, Mascagni succeeded in conquering the opera houses of the world with “Cavalleria rusticana”. Both pieces are regarded as shining examples of Italian verismo at the turn of the 19th and 20th century and each of them has, in its own way, made operatic history.

From the 2019/2020 season onwards, Marek Janowski is chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic. Born in Warsaw in 1939, raised and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski has had an extensive and successful career both as an opera conductor and as an artistic director of prestigious orchestras. His artistic path led him from Assistant Conductor and Kapellmeister in Aachen, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hamburg to being General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau and Dortmund. Between the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, between Chicago and San Francisco, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin and Paris, there is not a single world-renowned opera house where Janowski has not regularly appeared as a conductor since the late 1970s. The last time he led the Dresden Philharmonic in concert was in January 2018 where he conducted Weber’s “Euryanthe” to great success. The Dresdner Neuesten Nachrichten wrote: “For the Philharmonic, opera isn’t an everyday occurrence, but an ever-exciting and ever-enjoyable adventure. And Janowski completely understood how to marry the virtues of an orchestra well-adapted to concert performances with the special charms of the task. For him, it is less about orchestral frenzy than it is about precision, richness of detail…”



8th March 2019, Friday, 7.30pm

10th March 2019, Sunday, 6pm

Concert hall Dresden KULTURPALAST


Giacomo Puccini: „Il tabarro“ (1918)

Opera in one act


Pietro Mascagni: „Cavalleria rusticana“ (1890)

Opera in one act

Marek Janowski Conductor


Il tabarro (“The cloak”)

Giorgetta: Melody Moore Soprano

Michele: Lester Lynch Baritone

Luigi: Brian Jagde Tenor

Song seller: Khanyiso Gwenxane Tenor

Frugola: Roxana Constantinescu Mezzo-soprano

Tinca: Simeon Esper Tenor

Talpa: Alexandros Stravrakakis Bass


Cavalleria rusticana

Santuzza: Melody Moore Soprano

Turiddu: Brian Jagde Tenor

Lucia: Elisabetta Fiorillo Alto

Alfio: Lester Lynch Baritone

Lola: Roxana Constantinescu Mezzo-soprano

MDR Leipzig Radio Choir

Dresden Philharmonic


Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before each respective concert.


The concerts will be recorded for CD by the label Pentatone. Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast the concert at a later date.


Tickets for the 8th March are available from 18 Euros (schoolchildren and students 9 Euros) at the Dresden Philharmonic ticket service and evening box office (a few remaining tickets for the 10th March are available at the evening box office).

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