More Degradation from Calixto Bieito

Calixto Bieito (Photo: Antonio Moreno)
Cavalleria Rusticana/ I Pagliacci Staatsoper Hannover
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 28 Mar 05]
Rape, alcohol abuse, lesbianism and gratuitous violence: these are the themes of both Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, as Calixto Bieito sees it. Odd. They were also the themes of the last opera he staged. And the one before. Can it be coincidence or did Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Mozart and Verdi all write operas featuring fisting?
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