Pietro Mascagni is known to opera lovers mainly for his opera Cavalleria Rusticana. But he wrote fifteen operas and most of them are rarely played today.
His seventh opera Iris premiered on 22 November 1898 in Rome. Six years before Puccini's famous opera Madama Butterfly, it takes us to exotic Japan, where the poor but virtuous girl Iris rejects the love of rich Osaka. He has her taken to a brothel. Although the story ends in a tragic finale, it has a distinct spiritual dimension. Iris has all the attributes of the popular verismo opera: a riveting story and impressive tunes. The production of Iris will be presented in Pilsen for the first time.
The opera is presented in Italian with Czech and German subtitles.