Cavalleria Rusticana & Suor Angelica

For Operatunity winners Roy Best and Emily Burke MELBOURNE OPERA KNOCKS.


Roy Best and Emily Burke have sung to an audience of a million people. But when they take the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre on Saturday September 1 they will realise an ambition they’ve held since childhood: a new career, professional performers in a fully staged operatic season. Melbourne Opera has cast both in principal roles in its double bill presented over five performances at The Athenaeum Theatre in September.


Melbourne Opera’s double bill of two of the greatest verismo operas contrasts the cloistered world of Sister Angelica and the brutal machismo of rural Sicily, but both operas share one thing: passion. Director Hugh Halliday says the double bill will give audiences a unique treat: a seldom seen Puccini, and Mascagni’s dramatic masterpiece, together at the one performance.


Puccini’s Suor Angelica starring Joanna Cole, Sue Braatveldt, Maxine Montgomery & Cecily Woodberry, with Emily Burke

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana starring Roy Best, Suzanne Donald, and Gary Rowley


Melbourne Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Directed by Hugh Halliday

Conducted by Greg Hocking & Rick Prakhoff


Introduction, synopsis Cavalleria Rusticana & synopsis Suor Angelica


Sister Angelica           Joanna Cole


The Princess              Sue Braatvedt


The Abbess               Cecily Woodberry


The Monitor              Kerrie Bolton


Mistress of Novices  Selene Pettifer


Sister Genevieve      Maxine Montgomery


Sister Osmina           Ann Fischers, Giuliana D'Appio


Sister Dolcina            Anna-Louise Cole

Nursing Sister                Lee Abrahmsen


Touriere 1                       Emily Burke


Tourniere 2                     Cheryl Darvidis, Laura Slavin


The Novice                      Jodie Jay


Lay Sister 1                     Melodee Faulkner


Lay Sister 2                     Wendy Trent


Virgin Mother                 Sue Robertson


Child Adam                     Smith & Matthew Ravenarki


Santuzza                    Suzanne Donald


Turiddu                      Roy Best


Alfio                            Gary Rowley, Adrian Tamburini


Mamma Lucia           Sue Braatvedt


Lola                             Kate Bright


Alice Woodberry

Anjelka Obradovic

Anna-Louise Cole

Catriona Bell

Cecily Woodberry

Cheryl Darvidis

Corry Pynaker

Craig Debono

David Lawson-Smith

David Woodberry

George Thalas

Giuliana D'Appio

Grant Smallcombe

Jodie Jay

Josephine Giles

Josh Perillo

Kathy Hatton

Kevin Cassels

Laura Slavin

Melodee Faulkner

Norma Tovey

Richard Wilson

Roland Seidl

Selina Pettifer

Susan Halls

Susan Robertson

Tony Rainer

Wendy Trent