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Preview: Virginia Opera Offers a Unique Pairing With "The Seven Deadly Sins" and "Pagliacci"

When the verismo style hit stages in Italy, people took notice.

Virginia Opera opens season with first-time double bill

Virginia Opera pairs two works in unique way

For over a hundred years, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” has been an opera in search of a mate. Too short to stand alone(though some companies have economically tried to do just that), it is frequently paired with another Italian work, “Cavalleria Rusticana.” For the first production of its new season, Virginia Opera took an unusual approach – it joined the opera to a previously unheard (in Hampton Roads) 1933 work by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, “The Seven Deadly Sins.” It made for a musically and theatrically stimulating evening.

How to give opera a fighting chance in Baltimore

Last May, a visually stylish, strongly cast production of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" filled the stage of the Lyric Opera House. If only seats in the theater had been filled, too.