Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci Educator Materials

Music by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo


In a close-knit community, secret loves lead to fateful consequences.

For the first time in 15 years, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci return in a gripping double feature seething with the raw passion, jealousy and heartbreak that can only result from a scandalous, small-town affair.

Libretti by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci & Ruggero Leoncavallo

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Romantic infidelity turns to tragedy for villagers and members of a small theater troupe.

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Cast and Creative

Conductor Daniele Callegari *
Production José Cura *
Revival Director Jose Maria Condemi
Set Designer José Cura *
Costume Designer Fernand Ruiz *
Original Lighting Designer Olivier Wéry *
Revival Lighting Designer Justin Partier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

An Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège production.


Previous performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci can be found in our Archive.

Educator Materials created with assistance by Judi Burle, Randy Heilbrunn, Clara Choi and Timmy Yuen.

The Buzz


"Haroutounian injected her performance with a new jolt of energy—vaulting to high notes, shaping individual phrases with fierce vitality."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Roberto Aronica boasted parallel virtues: a big, vibrant tenor with plenty of ringing on the high notes, plus a burly, masculine stage presence."
London Observer

"In an astonishing role debut, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Santuzza carries the weight of her distress with an elegant, refined voice."
Financial Times

Photo (top): Opéra Royal de Wallonie production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci/Jacques Croisier.