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Total duration 3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
9 performances
26.3.2021 – 8.5.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

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?

Performances & Tickets

3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
9 performances
26.3.2021 – 8.5.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 26.3.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Wed 7.4.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Fri 9.4.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Thu 15.4.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Sat 17.4.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Tue 20.4.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Fri 30.4.2021
at 18:00
Main Stage
on sale
Wed 5.5.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale
Sat 8.5.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
on sale

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.

Gallery

#cavalleriarusticana #pagliacci

“Tragedies perfectly defined.”

– The Guardian

Creative team

MUSIC
Pietro Mascagni, Ruggiero Leoncavallo

CONDUCTOR
Alberto Hold-Garrido

DIRECTOR
Damiano Micheletto

SETS
Paolo Fantin

COSTUMES
Carla Teti

LIGHTING DESIGN
Alessandro Carletti

Cast

Cavalleria Rusticana
Pajatso
Beppe/arlecchino
NN

Synopsis

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.

Pagliacci

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, one of the villagers, 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 onstage and Silvio in the audience.

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

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.

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