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Cavalleria rusticana / Aleko

Wed 13 – Fri 15 Mar 2024
Main Stage, Theatre Royal


New to Opera, Under 30s and package discounts available
Evenings: 7pm
Audio Described perf: Fri 15 Mar, 7pm
Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Sung in Italian with English titles
Sung in Russian with English titles

As the opera that invented the mafia, Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who returns from war to find his lover has married. He takes revenge by seducing another woman, though the obsessive desire for his first love still simmers. This powder keg of passion is primed to ignite under the strict eye of the church. After the interval, Aleko finds his lover in the arms of a younger man, sparking red-hot jealousy…
This high-octane double bill contains some of opera’s most beautiful music, from Rachmaninov’s potent melodies to the famous Intermezzo from the film The Godfather Part III.


There is a pre-show talk before each performance – tickets are free but must be pre-booked.

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