Our Autumn productions

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Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni

Translated as ‘Rustic chivalry’, this one act opera is considered to be a classic in the verismo style. Originally composed somewhat in haste for a composition competition, it was initially discarded by Mascagni and entered at the last minute by his wife. History tells us what a success it became worldwide. The opera is known for several famous arias, and one of the great ensembles, the Easter Hymn.

Pagliacci

Ruggierro Leoncavallo

Pagliacci, literally meaning ‘clowns’ is a two act opera in the verismo style. It is traditionally performed as a doule bill with Cavalleria Rusticana.
Canio, the leader in the commedia dell’arte touring company, murders his wife Nedda and her lover Silvio at the end of the opera. 
The opera starts with a famous ‘Prologue’ in front of a closed curtain. Several famous arias feature during the course of the opera before the curtain comes down on the dramatic and tragic ending