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Total duration 3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
20.8.2021 – 14.9.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
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?

Tickets & Performances

3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
20.8.2021 – 14.9.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 20.8.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Tue 24.8.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Thu 26.8.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Sat 28.8.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Wed 1.9.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Fri 3.9.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Tue 7.9.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Thu 9.9.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Sat 11.9.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Tue 14.9.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €

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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#CavalleriaRusticana #Pagliacci

“Tragedies perfectly defined.”

– The Guardian

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, 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

Hannu Lintu’s spectacular start

Hannu Lintu takes on the role of the Principal Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in August 2021. Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci provides an aptly amazing start to his first season at the Opera House. “Taking on the position of the Chief Conductor is one of the most important responsibilities in my career. I only consider myself ready for it now.”

Creative team

MUSIC
Pietro Mascagni, Ruggiero Leoncavallo

CONDUCTOR
Hannu Lintu

CONDUCTOR
Alberto Hold-Garrido

DIRECTOR
Damiano Michieletto

SETS
Paolo Fantin

COSTUMES
Carla Teti

LIGHTING DESIGN
Alessandro Carletti

Cast

Cavalleria Rusticana
Pajatso

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Complete the experience with refreshments

Refreshment sales start in Autumn

The Opera Restaurant is turning over a new leaf in Autumn 2021 with Restel as our new catering partner. Refreshment sales for performances in the 2021–2022 season will start in August. You can order refreshments in advance in our online shop, the Opera&Ballet mobile app, or at our customer service point.

Stay and enjoy

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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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