Let it be verism! was the title of the review by Nora Potapova (OperaNews, November 16, 2015). The author noted passionate temperamental performers Evgeny Nagovitsyn and Anna Buslidze who performed the main roles, bright and colorful folk choral scenes “staged by the director as spectacular vocal and dance shows" as well as impressive stage design by Vyacheslav Okunev.
In his review Sicilian passions in Galernaya Street ("St. Petersburg Vedomosti", November 23, 2015) Vladimir Dudin says that "the director's ideas were successfully realized on the scene of The Saint Petersburg Opera by soprano Elena Tikhonova (Santuzza), tenor Vsevolod Kalmykov (Turiddu ) and baritone Yuri Borschev (Alfio). Surprisingly important in this production was the role of Lucia, Turiddu’s mother brilliantly performed by mezzo soprano Kristina Metelitsa".
"Together with his long-time set designer Vyacheslav Okunev, the director ‘wrapped’ the performance as a black and white movie. Trattorias and Sicilian village streets were projected on the white box of the stage. The protagonists also wore black, as if wearing a ‘mourning for life’.
The orchestra led by Alexander Goyhman generally kept the framework of the style."
The nearest premiere performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” will be held on January 5.