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

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

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

PAGLIACCI

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

Content Warning

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.

CAST

CREATIVES

Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Director Andrew Sinclair
Assistant Director Margrete Helgeby Chaney
Set Designer Shaun Gurton
Costume Designer
Victoria Rowell
Lighting Designer Donn Byrnes
Lighting Realised By Matthew Nankivell

CAST - CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turiddu Paul O’Neill
Alfio Simon Meadows
Santuzza Ashlyn Tymms
Lola Brigitte Heuser
Mamma Lucia Nicole Youl
Peasant Woman Alexandra Bak

CAST - PAGLIACCI

Canio Paul O’Neill
Tonio Simon Meadows
Nedda Emma Matthews
Silvio Christopher Tonkin
Beppe Matthew Lester
Peasant #1 Mark Alderson
Peasant #2 Tom Buckmaster

FEATURING

WAO Chorus & Children's Chorus
WASO

VIEW THE PROGRAM

WESFARMERS ARTS SYNOPSIS SHEET

Download here.

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.

BOOKINGS

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

BROOKFIELD PLACE

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. 

Learn more here.

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. 

Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us. 

Event and ticketing details

Accessibility

Audio Described
Wheelchair Access
Language/sub-title available in english
Tactile Tour

Dates & Times

DURATION 2hr 55min including one interval
17 July, 2021 Saturday - 7.30pm
20 July, 2021 Tuesday - 7.30pm
22 July, 2021 Thursday - 7.30pm
24 July, 2021 Saturday - 7.30pm

Location

His Majesty's Theatre

825 Hay Street

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