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 Nursing Sister Lee Abrahmsen
The Princess Sue Braatvedt Touriere 1 Emily Burke
The Abbess Cecily Woodberry Tourniere 2 Cheryl Darvidis & Laura Slavin
The Monitor Kerrie Bolton The Novice Jodie Jay
Mistress of Novices Selene Pettifer Lay Sister 1 Melodee Faulkner
Sister Genevieve Maxine Montgomery Lay Sister 2 Wendy Trent
Sister Osmina Ann Fischers & Giuliana D'Appio Virgin Mother Sue Robertson
Sister Dolcina Anna-Louise Cole 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


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