Michael Tanner

Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana isn’t nearly vulgar enough

They rescue their double bill, however, with an admirable Pagliacci. Plus: at the Barbican, Leoncavallo’s Zaza: plotless, vastly too long, musically weak - and thrilling

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