Cavelleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Author(s): Music by Pietro Mascagni, libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci / Ruggero Leoncavallo Company: The Royal Opera Running time: 3h 15min approx Age recommendation: 8+ years

In a remote Italian village, two passionate affairs unfold over a single day. In Cavalleria rusticana, the heartbroken Santuzza wrestles with her conscience as her lover Turiddu lusts after another woman. Meanwhile, in Pagliacci, the tormented clown Canio tries to mask his heartache as he prepares to perform—but before long, the on-stage drama descends into real-life tragedy.

Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier award-winning production offers a visceral account of two operatic thrillers. Daniel Oren conducts a cast featuring Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Dimitri Platanias, Fabio Sartori and Anna Princeva.

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