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Total duration 3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
Main Stage
15-99 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Performances in spring 2021 cancelled

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet performances in spring 2021 have been cancelled.
The performances of Swan Lake and of Cavalleria rusticana & I Pagliacci have been postponed to the 2021/2022 season. RING returns in August 2022. The repertoire for the 2021/2022 season will be announced on 28 April.
We will contact customers who have bought tickets and/or refreshments for the cancelled performances.

Why settle for one when you could see two?

Two tragic events take place in an Italian village: a vengeful duel and a murder fuelled by suspicion. What pushes a jealous mind to such extreme deeds?

The most famous double act in the history of opera

When first presented, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci laid the foundations for the rise of verismo, realism in opera.

Damiano Michieletto’s keen direction combines these two opera classics in an ingenious way. The award-winning production, which teems with hidden love, jealousy and revenge, was an instant success after its premiere at the Royal Opera House in London in 2015.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.


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“Tragedies perfectly defined.”

– The Guardian

Creative team

Pietro Mascagni, Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Alberto Hold-Garrido

Damiano Michieletto

Paolo Fantin

Carla Teti

Alessandro Carletti

Listen to Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci

Creative team

Cavalleria Rusticana


Cavalleria Rusticana


Cavalleria Rusticana

Turiddu is sorely disappointed as he returns from the army to his home village in Italy. Lola, his fiancé, has married Alfio. As revenge against her, Turiddu seduces Santuzza, but the jealous Lola soon tempts Turiddu to begin an affair with her.

Alfio hears about his wife’s unfaithfulness with Turiddu. Alfio swears vengeance and challenges Turiddu to a duel.

A group of villagers awaits in suspense for the outcome of the duel. Suddenly there’s a scream: Turiddu has been killed.


A company of touring actors arrives at an Italian village, where they have come to perform a comedy about a man and his unfaithful wife.

The head of the troupe, Canio, is jealous of his wife, Nedda. She is lusted after by Tonio, and her lover, Silvio.

The villagers arrive to watch the play. As Canio plays the role of Pagliaccio, he gets reality and theatre mixed up. It’s as if the performance were repeating his life. In his rage, he murders his wife and Silvio.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme booklet. 

Production of Royal Opera House, London
Photos: Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House

Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

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Experience the dual nature of the mind

A season ticket to remember

A season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2020–21 season. Two of these include more than one work, so your season ticket gives you access to a total of 10 memorable productions. You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and a dozen more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. There are no season ticket packages available at the moment.

Order refreshments online

Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.

Stay and enjoy

Your 20% discount for Radisson Blu Hotels

Complete your experience by staying the night at a hotel. As a customer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you can enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki’s Radisson Blu Hotels at a special rate.

This treat-yourself-offer includes accommodation for two in the hotel of your choice in Helsinki, two glasses of sparkling wine upon arrival, and the hotel’s delicious Super Breakfast.

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