Cav & Pag
A classic one act pairing of operas depicting the raw, heartbreaking and beautiful complexity of everyday life.
This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. To book as part of an opera package (2 or more operas) click here
ABOUT THE SHOW
Love, betrayal and revenge all play out in a quiet village in a rural corner of Italy. Emotions run high as fidelity is tested and hearts broken in this tale that will resonate with you for the powerful raw depictions of everyday life, in all its heartbreaking and beautiful complexities.
In a cast that showcases the world class talent of Western Australian artists, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana will be paired with Pagliacci, often referred to as ‘Cav & Pag’. This classic one act pairing has often been celebrated as the birth of verismo, a style of music drama depicting the crude passions of everyday people rather than the exploits of kings, queens and gods.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
A travelling troupe stage a comedy about a betrayed husband and his beautiful, flirtatious wife. But life runs very close to art in this tale of love, lust and heartbreak, when acting suddenly become a very dangerous game…
Featuring an extraordinary cast of Australian artists, Leoncavallo's opera will remind you of the trials of the heart that transcend age, time, and place.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
This production contains violence and adult themes. It may not be suitable for children under the age of 15.
Behind the scenes
Join us for an exclusive glimpse into the rehearsal studio! Principal Artist Paul O'Neill gives us an insight as to why everyone needs to experience this world class production.
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
CAST - CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
Turiddu Paul O’Neill
CAST - PAGLIACCI
Canio Paul O’Neill
WAO Chorus & Children's Chorus
VIEW THE PROGRAM
WESFARMERS ARTS SYNOPSIS SHEET
HOW CAN I VIEW THE PROGRAM ON THE NIGHT?
You can view the program on the night via your smartphone. There will be QR codes available at His Majesty's Theatre. When you scan the QR code with your smartphone camera, the program will load.
CREW & KING
Crew & King Café | Restaurant | Bar is open at the iconic His Majesty’s Theatre and serving the best produce Western Australia has to offer.
Book via The Fork or call (08) 9265 0937
Enjoy the special Cav & Pag menu. Download here.
Enjoy the exclusive Cav & Pag* cocktail.
*non-alcoholic option available
We're teaming up with our partners at Brookfield Place Perth to offer all Cav & Pag ticket holders exclusive food and drink offers on performance nights. All you need to do is present your ticket!
Participating venues include: Bar Lafayette, Bobeche, Print Hall (The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House), Heritage and W. Churchill.
Under current State Government COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is able to operate at 100% capacity.
We will endeavour to present this event however we will be operating as per COVID-19 restrictions and conditions may change rapidly.
For more information please contact Box Office on (08) 6212 9292
His Majesty’s Theatre and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the theatre. These efforts include:
- The completion of a COVID safety plan.
- Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
- Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
- COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
- Distanced markers for queuing.
- Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE.
A digital programme for Cav & Pag will be available to view for free on the WAO website in advance, so if you’d like to read it before the performance, you’ll be able to do so.
We are taking every measure possible to ensure audience safety, so printed programmes will not be available at the performances.