ROYAL OPERA: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Date Time
Tue 21st April 7.00pm

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Doors 6.00pm

Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Approximate running time: about 3 hours

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. Cavalleria rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. His Pagliacci in 1892 was another triumph. The two works, each undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition of realism, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy.

Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern and yet timeless. The production was widely praised at its premiere, and summarized by the Financial Times as ‘a gripping evening all round’.

Co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera

Conductor
Daniel Oren
Director
Damiano Michieletto
Set designer
Paolo Fantin
Costume designer
Carla Teti
Lighting designer
Alessandro Carletti

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
Music Pietro Mascagni
Libretto Giovanni
Targioni-Tozzetti and
Guido Menasci
Turiddu Yonghoon Lee
Santuzza
Liudmyla Monastyrska
Alfio Dimitri Platanias
Lola Josè Maria Lo Monaco

PAGLIACCI
Music Ruggero Leoncavallo
Libretto Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canio Roberto Alagna
Tonio Dimitri Platanias
Nedda Aleksandra Kurzak
Silvio Bogdan Baciu
Beppe Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

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