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

The Court Theatre, Tring, Herts
Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March 2020

This coming season our main show will be the classic verismo double bill ‘Cav & Pag’.  We will be performing three performances, in Italian. The production will be fully staged, with orchestra. It will be directed by Ilana Jacobs and the Musical Director will be Kelvin Lim.


There is plenty of chorus work in this show. We do not audition chorus members – all are welcome. We ask chorus members for an annual membership subscription of £120 as contribution towards the considerable costs of mounting the production.

Chorus rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 7 to 10pm and will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP21 7QX in the Parish Hall. We start rehearsals on Monday 14th October 2019. Please note that we will also be rehearsing on Sunday afternoons as well as Monday evenings after Christmas in the weeks leading up to the performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be circulated to the cast following the completion of auditions.

Principal roles

We will pay small fees to those singers taking principal roles, subject to contract. Rehearsals will run for seven weeks from early January 2020 on Sunday afternoons/evenings and Monday afternoon/evenings in Aylesbury.

We are holding general auditions for the principal roles and these are open to all. They will be held on Sunday 19th May from 3 to 7pm at our rehearsal venue, Holy Trinity Church, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP21 7QX in the Parish Hall.  To book an audition time, please send an email to: auditions.aylesburyopera@gmail.com. Closing date for applications is 5th May.

Audition Repertoire

Cavalleria Rusticana

Santuzza                         Voi lo sapate, o mamma and No, no Turiddu, rimani
Lola                                Fior di giaggiolo
Turiddu                          O Lola ch’hai di latti la cammisa and Mamma, quel vino è generoso
Alfio                               Il cavallo scalpita
Lucia                              An appropriate aria in Italian

I Pagliacci

Nedda                             Stridono lassù
Canio                              Vesti la guibba
Tonio                              Si puo signore signori!
Beppe (Harlequin)          O, Colombina
Silvio                              Duet with Nedda, from E fra quest’ ansie in eterno vivrai?!

We will provide an accompanist, however you are welcome to bring your own.