Aylesbury Opera 2020 Main Production:
Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni & I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo

The Court Theatre, Tring, Herts
Friday 28th February and Saturday 29th February at 7.30pm
Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: https://courttheatre.co.uk/whats_on/moreinfo.php?event=AOG20001

This coming season our main show will be the classic verismo double bill ‘Cav & Pag’. We will be performing three performances, in Italian (with English surtitles). The production will be fully staged, with orchestra. It will be directed by Louise Bakker and the Musical Director will be Kelvin Lim. Further to open auditions back in May we have cast a fine set of principals for both shows – see below.

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (‘Rustic Chivalry’) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (‘The Players’) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. ‘Cav’ came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. ‘Pag’ in 1892 was, like its forerunner, 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.

Cavalleria Rusticana details the lives of its doomed characters within their rural Sicilian community, culminating in a tragic finale. Santuzza’s melancholic ‘Voi lo sapete, o mama’ and the Easter Hymn are among the many musical highlights.

I Pagliacci overtly plays with our ideas of what is real and what is not, leading to a brilliant finale, in which we watch the onstage audience slowly understand that a tragedy is unfurling before them. Its blistering mix of seedy realism and theatrical drama has made it a key part of the repertory; highlights include Nedda’s ‘Stridono lassù’ and Canio’s ‘Vesti la giubba’.


Cavalleria Rusticana

Santuzza – Louisa Petais
Turiddu – Dominic Bevan
Alfio – Alistair Sutherland
Lola – Rachel Farago
Lucia – Alison Thorman

I Pagliacci

Nedda – Eva Gheorghiu
Canio – Philip Hayes
Tonio – Andrew Mayor
Silvio – Alistair Sutherland
Beppe – Stuart McDermott