Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci


The most famous of operatic twins, ‘Cav and Pag’ as this much loved operatic double bill in the repertoire is known, is a sure-fire success with audiences due to the accessibility, expressiveness and power of the music combined with the strength of the story lines. Both operas are intense dramas of sexual jealousy and revenge, set in small Italian villages. ’Cav and Pag’ revolutionised Italian opera and paved the way for the huge success of Puccini.

Melbourne Opera’s 2007 production of ’Cavalleria Rusticana’ (Rustic Chivalry) was acclaimed by the critics. ’Grabs the audience by the throat from the outset, another Halliday / Hocking sure fire hit’ (Herald Sun) and played to packed houses both in Melbourne and on tour.

Now Melbourne Opera is proud to announce a new production of ’Pagliacci’, (The Clowns) with an all star cast featuring leading Australian baritone Gary Rowley playing the pivotal roles of Alfio in Cavalleria and Tonio in Pagliacci. Quite a rare tour de force. He is joined in the double bill by a stellar cast of leading Australian singers including the fabulous Roy Best and Nick Seidemann as Turiddu, Danielle Calder, Carmela De Losinno, Kerry Gill, Vanessa West and as Canio, the tragic clown in Pagliacci, David Rogers-Smith, alternating with Salvatore Granata, Phillip Calcagno and Jenny Wakefield appear along with Michael Lapina and Selena Pettifer, featuring over 80 performers, the 40 voice Melbourne Opera Chorus, Children’s chorus and the acclaimed 42 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra conducted by Matthew Toogood and Greg Hocking.

Join us for this perfect production of Italian Opera.

Sung in English

Synopsis: Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci


Turridu Roy Best &Nick Seidenman
Santuzza Dannielle Calder &Carmela De Losinno
Alfio Gary Rowley
Mama Lucia Jenny Wakefield
Lola Selena Pettifer






Canio David Rogers Smith & Salvatore Granata
Nedda Kerry Gill & Vanessa West
Tonio Gary Rowley
Beppe Michael Lapina
Sylvio Phillip Calcagno
Villager Tim Reynolds







Jodie Debono
Cheryl Darvidis
Sarah Somers
Julia Harper
Ellen Leather
Sue Halls
Helen Koehne
Cecily Woodberry
Kylie Payman
Maree Macmillan
Wendy Trent
Emmy Thompson
Norma Tovey
Angela Lumicisi
Casselle Bonollo
Melinda Frith

Richard Wilson
Tim Reynolds
Craig Debono
David Woodberry
Antonio Cirocco
Brendon Fink
Steve Carolane
Te Ua Houkamau
Hayden Downing
Roland Seidl
Dick Dowling
Robert Van Keulen
Mark Henderson
Michael Carr
Bernie Nolan
Michael Reed


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