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Mascagni & Leoncavallo

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Festival Theatre

18 Apr - 22 Apr 2017

β€œVersmio” – meaning true, and in the context of the Arts, a truthful and realistic portrayal of events and people. These two operas are certainly that. Both based on true incidents, they embrace the passions, morals, and characters of Southern Italy and Sicily, where these events took place. But in spite of their local flavor, the passions exposed in these two stories are universal and we are drawn into the events we see unfolding before us by the knowledge that these things also can come near to us.


Performing the role of both Turiddu in Cavalleria and Canio in Pagliacci, Rosario La Spina made the night his own. Hearing his beautifully fluid tenor voice flowing full of resonance was the highlight of the evening.

Bachtrack Brian Angus

Andrew Sinclair
Nicholas Braithwaite
Set Design
Shaun Gurton
Costume Design
Victoria Rowell
Donn Byrnes
Assistant Director
Velalien Shepherd

Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana) / Canio (Pagliacci)
Rosario La Spina
Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Jacqueline Dark
Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Teresa La Rocca
Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) / Silvio (Pagliacci)
Jeremy Tatchell
Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Catriona Barr
Tonio (Pagliacci)
Douglas McNicol
Nedda (Pagliacci)
Joanna McWaters
Beppe (Pagliacci)
Adam Goodburn

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Philharmonia Orchestra