Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci. It was last on stage 3 December 2015—1 January 2016 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. Cavalleria rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. His Pagliacci in 1892 was 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.
Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern and yet timeless. The production was widely praised at its premiere, and summarized by the Financial Times as ‘a gripping evening all round’.
News and features
9 June 2016
'Pappano’s Italian Double Bill at the Royal House' will see the TV premiere of Damiano Michieletto's award-winning production of Mascagani and Leoncavallo's operas.
Cast change: Yonghoon Lee and Kristian Benedikt to sing in Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci on 29 December 2015 and 1 January 201629 December 2015
Tenors replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko in Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, respectively.
11 December 2015
What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s greatest operas?
10 December 2015
Backstage films from the live relay of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.
7 December 2015
Damiano Michieletto's new Royal Opera production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's verismo operas will be live on screens around the world.
4 December 2015
What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new Royal Opera production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's verismo operas?