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Cavalleria rusticana

  • Cropped_cav_654x490_6 Phillip Rhodes as Alfio and Katie Bray as Lola with the Chorus of Opera North | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_3 Giselle Allen as Santuzza and Jonathan Stoughton at Turridù | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_5 Rosalind Plowright as Mamma Lucia with the Chorus of Opera North | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_8 Giselle Allen as Santuzza | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_7 Katie Bray as Lola and Phillip Rhodes as Alfio | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_2 Giselle Allen as Santuzza with members of the Chorus of Opera North | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_4 Katie Bray as Lola, Phillip Rhodes as Alfio and Giselle Allen as Santuzza with the Chorus of Opera North | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_1 Rosalind Plowright as Mamma Lucia and Giselle Allen as Santuzza | Credit: Robert Workman
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_7 Phillip Rhodes as Alfio with the Chorus of Opera North in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_6 Jonathan Stoughton as Turiddu and Katie Bray as Lola in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_5 Rosalind Plowright as Mamma Lucia with the Chorus of Opera North in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_4 Jonathan Stoughton as Turiddu, Katie Bray as Lola and the Chorus of Opera North in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_3 Giselle Allen as Santuzza with the Chorus of Opera North in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_2 Garrick Forbes of the Chorus of Opera North in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav_654x490_1 Katie Bray as Lola in rehearsal | Credit: Tom Arber
  • Cropped_cav Giselle Allen as Santuzza. Photography by Richard Moran | Artwork © Opera North 2017.

Pietro Mascagni's red-blooded tale of jealousy and revenge
Part of The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who has returned from the army to find his lover has married another man. He consoles himself by seducing another girl, even though he is still consumed by his obsessive desire for his first love. This powder keg of passions is primed to ignite at Easter in the midst of a small community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni lavishes gorgeously lyrical melodies on a gritty drama of betrayal, jealousy and violent revenge. With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, Cavalleria rusticana is thought by many to be the very essence of Italian opera.


Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes


Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with Pagliacci.

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Leeds Grand Theatre Leeds Grand Theatre 27 Sep - 21 Oct 2017
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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

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The Alchemist

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

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Hull Hull New Theatre 26 - 28 Oct 2017
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Kingston Square
Nottingham Nottingham Theatre Royal 1 - 4 Nov 2017
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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

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By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
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For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

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 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

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Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 

Newcastle Newcastle Theatre Royal 8 - 11 Nov 2017
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100 Grey Street
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Salford Quays The Lowry 15 - 18 Nov 2017
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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

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From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

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What you say

Pat Reed said ago

I'm not a lover of contemporary opera or theatre, but I did enjoy Cavalliera Rusticana last night. I particularly enjoyed the Easter Hymn Chorus sequence. It was a very moving piece and cleverly staged. Excellent performances by all cast members and well sung by all. Orchestra was also excellent. Not sure a 1970's Eastern Europe setting really does justice to this beautiful opera, but couldn't fault performance.

Hazel said ago

I enjoyed Cavelleria very much last week - have had difficulty logging in until now! Giselle Allen, in particular, has an amazing voice and also acted the part well. All the soloists and chorus were good and the orchestra sounded wonderful. The Easter Hymn was just so powerful and emotional. I think I would have enjoyed this opera even more in its original setting, which might have been more colourful (I haven't seen it before so I'm not sure) - but I understand the need to have a fresh approach...

Trevor collier said ago

A totally compelling performance relocated and updated to cold war eastern block with some dramatic anomalies but a wonderfully intense level of performance from all the protagonists.Giselle Allen and Jonathan Stoughton certainly made the sparks fly with their wonderfully Italianate singing whilst Rosalind Plowright as Mamma Lucia made a memorable vocal and dramatic performance out of very little.Philip Rhodes and Katie Bray supplied equally well sung and acted performances and the chorus raised the roof in the Easter Hymn, the comhination of them Allen and Plowright providing a glorious impact.The orchestra and conducting were first rate. Bravi !!

Annette Chalk said ago

This is the first opera I haven't enjoyed in years. The set and acting made the story unbelievable and disjointed. Lacked flow.

Opera North response: Hi Annette, thanks for taking the time to feedback. We're sorry to hear this and we hope we can welcome you back to a production you enjoy more in the future. Thanks

Clare Wenham said ago

We thought the singing and the orchestra made a glorious sound but the staging was dire. A production to enjoy with your eyes closed!

Opera North response: Thank you for your comment. We're glad you enjoyed the performances and hopefully we can welcome you back to a production more to your liking in the future.

Lynne Hopkins said ago

I don't think this would encourage non opera goers to enjoy opera, just because it's short.
Certainly well performed with some good tunes, but in dramatic terms a badly-told story with no context.
I found the religious themes and symbolism cloying and over-bearing.
I'm not entirely sure if the production was set in 1970s Eastern Europe but the drab and ill-fitting costumes were a distraction, rather than a helpful insight.

Opera North response: Thank you for taking the time to comment. We're sorry to hear of your disappointments, but we do appreciate your feedback. We have had some lovely responses from newcomers to Cavalleria rusticana. Aside from the length of the operas, we hope that the diversity of the season means that there is something for everyone. Thank you for your feedback, and for your support of Opera North.

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What the critics say

..strikes sparks...Sofulak creates a potent atmosphere that gives fresh impetus to the tragedy.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

...this company's outstanding chorus have rarely sounded better...the Easter Hymn sounds sumptuous...

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

...extraordinary...Giselle Allen’s Santuzza, in particular, reaches terrifying levels of intensity.

The Stage - Full Review ›

Additional Information

  • Santuzza Giselle Allen
  • Lola Katie Bray
  • Turiddù Jonathan Stoughton
  • Alfio Phillip Rhodes
  • Lucia Rosalind Plowright
Creative Team
  • Conductor Tobias Ringborg
  • Director Karolina Sofulak
  • Set Designer Charles Edwards
  • Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton
  • Lighting Designer Charles Edwards
  • Movement Director Tim Claydon