Watch two of the greatest Italian operas in one evening, screened live from the Royal Opera House to cinemas across the UK. Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, directed by the award-winning Damiano Michieletto, will be live-streamed on Tuesday 21 April at 7pm with an encore performance on Sunday 26 April at 2pm.
Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana – a tale of passion and violent revenge, featuring star singers Liudmyla Monastyrska as Santuzza, Yonghoon Lee as Turiddu, Dimitri Platanias as Alfio and Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia – opens the evening. It is followed by Leoncavallo’s thrilling Pagliacci, which focusses on a group of travelling actors, and features Robert Alagna as their leader Canio, Aleksandra Kurzak as Canio’s wife Nedda and Dimitri Platanias as Nedda’s nemesis Tonio. Both operas are conducted by Daniel Oren. Director Damiano Michieletto’s production sets both works within the same small Southern Italian village, with characters from each opera appearing in the other during the orchestral interludes.
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Audience members are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House, with most people in the UK based within 30 miles of a cinema screening. As well as being shown in the UK, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci will be broadcast to more than 1,000 international cinemas in 53 countries around the world. Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci will be broadcast live to cinemas on Tuesday 21 April at 7pm with an encore screening on Sunday 26 April at 2pm. Share on social using #ROHcavpag. The next live cinema screening will be The Royal Ballet’s The Dante Project on Thursday 28 May at 7.15pm.