It is Easter Sunday and trouble is brewing between two of the hot-blooded young turks in a small village in Sicily. Then, across the water in Reggio Calabria, a band of travelling players comes to town to perform a dramatic crime of passion.
Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci are opera's ultimate double bill: two near perfect examples of verismo opera. Forget gods and kings: these stories are about real life, real love, real tears, told in the evocative style of Italian film noir set to a score of some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear.
Welsh lyric tenor Dennis O'Neill has made the role of Canio, the broken-hearted clown of Pagliacci, his own, while baritone Jonathan Summers brings impassioned intensity to the role of wronged Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana. These two vocal heroes appear in both operas, fighting for the love of Nicole Youl as Santuzza and Amelia Farrugia as Nedda. They are joined by a richly-talented cast including Jacqueline Dark and the engaging Jos� Carb�, with Andrea Licata conducting these passionate scores.
Conductor: Andrea Licata
Director: Andrew Sinclair
Set Designer: Shaun Gurton
Costume Designer: Victoria Rowell
Lighting Designer: Donn Byrnes
Santuzza: Nicole Youl
Mamma Lucia : Jacqueline Dark
Turiddu: Dennis O'Neill
Alfio: Jonathan Summers
Nedda: Amelia Farrugia
Canio: Dennis O'Neill
Beppe: Stephen Smith
Silvio: Jos� Carb�
Tonio: Jonathan Summers
Opera Australia Chorus
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
An Opera Conference co-production
Evenings at 7.30pm: January 10, 15, 17, 20, 23, 28, February 3, 6, 12.
Matinee at 1pm: February 14.
Performed in Italian with surtitles.
Running time: two hours and fifty-five minutes including one 30 minute interval.
02 9318 8200
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
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