Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci 2017 Opera Australia hero image courtesy and (c) Opera Australia

The Olivier Award-winning production of two violent Italian tragedies is getting an Australian outing

Pairing Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in a double-bill of small-town Italian tragedy has become an opera tradition.

And as Opera Australia artistic director Lyndon Terracini says, "The most famous and the best tenors in history always want to sing both these roles in one evening - it’s a tour de force."

This co-production by three European opera houses, which debuted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in December 2015, does something different: instead of running the two operas back to back, director Damiano Michieletto opts to interweave them – with results that scored him the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

Powerhouse Mexican tenor Diego Torre will star, alongside Dragana Radakovich (who sung the lead role in Turandot in 2016).

Single tickets for Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are available from October 12. Until then, you can purchase tickets as part of a subscription.

See what else is in the Opera Australia 2017 season.

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