Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Mascagni / Leoncavallo

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House


Roll up for a double dose of desperation and drama in this classic double bill of tragedies with stories that cut all too close to home.

In a small Italian town, lusting after someone who is not yours is a dangerous game. And falling in love? Even more treacherous. Two short operas explore the full spectrum of emotion: passionate love, consuming lust, bitter suffering and boundless rage.

This Olivier Award-winning co-production with the Royal Opera House lays bare the raw heart of each opera — ordinary people, driven by emotion to the limits of what we know is human. The result is pure catharsis: everyday tragedy writ large on stage.

Diego Torre sings the famous 'Vesti la giubba' as he performs both challenging tenor roles in one evening, and the Opera Australia Chorus sings the famous Easter Hymn as Dragana Radakovic's voice soars above.



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Head up the stairs at the Joan Sutherland Theatre to enjoy the pop-up bar with an unbeatable view of the harbour, exclusive to ticket holders. The bar opens 90 minutes before evening performances. See the menu.

Conductor Andrea Licata
Director Damiano Michieletto
Revival Director Rodula Gaitanou
Assistant Director Andy Morton
Set Designer Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer Carla Teti
Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti
Lighting realised by  Gary Dooley
Cavalleria Rusticana
Turiddu Diego Torre
Santuzza Dragana Radakovic
Alfio José Carbó
Mamma Lucia Dominica Matthews
Lola Sian Pendry
Canio Diego Torre
Nedda Anna Princeva
Tonio José Carbó
Silvio Samuel Dundas
Beppe John Longmuir

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

This production features scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 15.

A co-production with the Royal Opera House, Götebord Opera Sweden and La Monnaie Brussels.

Running time: approximately 3 hours and 10, including one interval.

"Diego Torre takes the tenor lead in both works with a magnificently clenched spinto sound of great dramatic force."

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Combining ‘Cav and Pag’ is masterstroke by Damiano Michietto."

The Australian (subscription required)

"An excellent cast, and [Diego] Torre in spectacular form."

Limelight Magazine

"One of the best operas I have seen in recent times."

The AU Review
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