Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

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Opera Australia presents presents

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Roll up for a double dose of desperation and drama in this classic double bill of tragedies with stories that cut all too close to home.

In a small Italian town, lusting after someone who is not yours is a dangerous game. And falling in love? Even more treacherous. Two short operas explore the full spectrum of emotion: passionate love, consuming lust, bitter suffering and boundless rage.

This co-production with the Royal Opera House lays bare the raw heart of each opera — ordinary people, driven by emotion to the limits of what we know is human. The result is pure catharsis: everyday tragedy writ large on stage.

The Opera Society is the Production Partner for Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci
Co-production with the Royal Opera House, Göteborg Opera Sweden and La Monnaie Brussels



Conductor Andrea Licata
Director Damiano Michieletto
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set Designer Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer Carla Teti
Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria

Cavalleria Rusticana
Turiddu Diego Torre
Santuzza Dragana Radakovic
Alfio José Carbó
Mamma Lucia Dominica Matthews
Lola Sian Pendry 
Canio Diego Torre
Nedda Anna Princeva
Tonio José Carbó
Silvio Samuel Dundas
Beppe John Longmuir


Evenings at 7:30pm
May 10, 13, 15, 17

Saturday matinée at 1pm
May 20

Duration: Approximately 3 hours (including one 20-minute interval)


State Theatre


Price range

Single Ticket Pricing

$65 - $272

Concession prices also available

Dining Packages

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Ticket Delivery

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Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

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All prices include GST.

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Sung in Italian with English surtitles