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The best opera and classical in December 2019—Otello at the ROH and Mascagni in Glasglow

Plus the Choir of Clare College at St John’s Smith Square

By Alexandra Coghlan   December 2019

Iris City Halls Glasgow, Scottish opera, 1st December

Pietro Mascagni may be best known today for Cavalleria rusticana but he was a prolific composer whose sumptuous scores anticipate Puccini in more ways than one. Six years before Madama Butterfly, Mascagni was already there with his Japan-set Iris. Rarely performed, perhaps because of its uncompromising vision of human cruelty, the opera’s score is as sensuous as the story is heartbreaking, ending with the startlingly beautiful “Hymn to the Sun.” Stuart Stratford conducts this rare concert performance by Scottish Opera, starring soprano Helena…

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