Watch two of the greatest Italian operas in one evening, screened live from the Royal Opera House to cinemas across the UK.
Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, directed by the award-winning Damiano Michieletto, will be live-streamed on April 21 at 7pm with an encore performance April 26 at 2pm.
Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana – a tale of passion and violent revenge, featuring star singers Liudmyla Monastyrska as Santuzza, Yonghoon Lee as Turiddu, Dimitri Platanias as Alfio and Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia – opens the evening.
It is followed by Leoncavallo’s thrilling Pagliacci, which focuses on a group of travelling actors, and features Robert Alagna as their leader Canio, Aleksandra Kurzak as Canio’s wife Nedda and Dimitri Platanias as Nedda’s nemesis Tonio.
Both operas are conducted by Daniel Oren. Director Damiano Michieletto’s production sets both works within the same small Southern Italian village, with characters from each opera appearing in the other during the orchestral interludes.
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Audience members are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House, with most people in the UK based within 30 miles of a cinema screening.
As well as being shown in the UK, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci will be broadcast to more than 1,000 international cinemas in 53 countries around the world.
Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
You can find a screening near you at: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas/production/39559/findcinema