Current Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (May 2016)

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For the first production in our new home at Jacksons Lane we have chosen two powerful one-act operas by different late 19th century Italian composers, both of whom, in their distinctive ways, tell stories of life as it was when they were writing, with no holds barred. The music is as full-blooded as the emotions of the characters, and both works are steeped in memorable tunes. Mascagnis Cavalleria Rusticana, (literally but unhelpfully Rustic Chivalry), is famous for the Easter Hymn and the Intermezzo which paves the way for the tragic dénouement. Leoncavallos Pagliacci (Clowns), written two years later than, and from earliest times paired with, Cavalleria Rusticana, is famous for the soliloquy sung by the leader of the troupe as he prepares to go on stage while his heart is breaking at his wifes unfaithfulness (Vesti la giubba).

The English translation of both operas is by eminent conductor David Parry; the version of Cavalleria Rusticana was commissioned specially for this production.

Oliver-John Ruthven will conduct the HGO Orchestra, and Bruno Ravella will direct the production of this famous double-bill (popularly known as Cav & Pag).

 

PERFORMANCES
There will be 10 performances at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA) between 13th and 22nd May:

13th , 14th , 17th , 18th , 19th , 20th , 21st May at 7.30 pm,
Matinees: Sundays 15th & 22nd May at 4.0 pm: Saturday 21st May at 2.30 pm

TICKETS (UNRESERVED)

MAY 13 & 14 – £21 (CONCS £19) GENERAL ADMISSION, £28 PREMIUM SEATS

ALL OTHER PERFORMANCES – £21 GENERAL ADMISSION, £28 PREMIUM SEATS

On-line booking via Brown Paper Tickets (booking fee applies)

Booking by phone: 0800 411 8881 (open 24/7 booking fee applies) – please quote the venue as ‘Jacksons Lane’ to enable the operator to locate our production.

Cash bookings are available at the Jacksons Lane Box Office, from 45 minutes prior to each show, with no booking fee.  This includes tickets for later shows.

All seats unreserved – please arrive 20-30 minutes before the performance to guarantee seats

Cast


13, 15, 18, 20, 21 eve

Santuzza: Michelle Prager
Turiddu: Jonathan Cooke
Alfio: Michael Craddock
Lucia: Jill House
Lola: Claire Tasker
Nedda: Elisabeth Poirel
Canio: Adam Music
Tonio: Michael Craddock
Peppe: Luke Churchill
Silvio: James Schouten
Chorus Soprano: Sophie Atalar
Chorus Soprano: Sian Dicker
Chorus Soprano: Victoria Hodges
Chorus Soprano: Yara Zeitoun
Chorus Alto: Hannah Beynon
Chorus Alto: Helen Charlston
Chorus Tenor: James Rhoads
Chorus Bass: Michael Robson-Kiernan

14, 17, 19, 21 mat, 22

Santuzza: Nina Kanter
Turiddu: Laurence Panter
Alfio: Andrew Sparling
Lucia: Alison Thorman
Lola: Claire Tasker
Nedda: Kirsty Anderson
Canio: Benjie del Rosario
Tonio: Andrew Sparling
Peppe: Luke Churchill
Silvio: Lawrence Halksworth
Chorus Soprano: Sophie Atalar
Chorus Soprano: Sian Dicker
Chorus Soprano: Victoria Hodges
Chorus Soprano: Yara Zeitoun
Chorus Alto: Hannah Beynon
Chorus Alto: Helen Charlston
Chorus Tenor: James Rhoads
Chorus Bass: Michael Robson-Kiernan

Production Team

Production Director: Bruno Ravella
Music Director: Oliver John Ruthven
Designer: Flavio Graff
Lighting Designer: Julien Brun
Stage Manager: Rosie Cassell
Choreographer: Jo Meredith
Assistant Director: Ruth Knight