A Double-Bill Performance of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

The City of Manchester Opera presents two short operas depicting dramatic tales of love, betrayal and revenge.

Cavalleria Rusticana: Set in a village square in Sicily circa 1930, a villager Turiddu has returned from military service to find that his fiancée Lola had married the carter Alfio while Turiddu was away. In revenge, Turiddu had seduced Santuzza, a young woman in the village. What follows is a tragic story with some of the most beautiful music Mascagni is so famous for, including the Easter Hymn and Intermezzo.

Pagliacci: Set in the same village square circa 1950 a travelling troupe arrives and sets up for a production to be held later that day. Canio is the head of the acting troupe and married to Nedda, along with Tonio and Beppe and other actors. Canio hears a rumour that his wife Nedda is secretly having an affair. Canio warns that, even though he plays a fool in the show, he does not tolerate anyone flirting with his wife in real life. Nedda is fearful of her husband’s suspicions and jealousy and just want to be free.

Director: Nigel Machin

Musical Director: Juan Ortuńo

Composers: Cavalleria Rusticana: Pietro Mascagni; Pagliacci: Ruggero Leoncavallo


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Production Information




Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th of May 2019


£20 / £18

Show Dates

Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th of May 2019

Running Time: 2.5 hours

Interval: 15 minutes

Age restriction: 12+

Any warnings: TBC

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