Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana
Premiere performances: 15 and 17 June 2023 at the State Opera
- February 2025
- April 2025
Thursday 14. 3.Tickets available
Tuesday 19. 3.Tickets available
Saturday 23. 3.Tickets available
Sunday 31. 3.Tickets available
The State OperaApproximate running time
3 hours, 1 intermission (30 minutes) minutesLanguage
In Italian, surtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
June 15, 2023
Two famous Italian operas depicting dramatic stories of passionate love and fatal jealousy staged at the State Opera, a production featuring engrossing chorus scenes, forcible arias and Mascagni’s celebrated Intermezzo.
State Opera Chorus
State Opera Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet
Pupils of the Olga Kyndlová Ballet School
When, in 1888, the music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno announced a competition for young Italian composers, who were invited to submit a one-act opera, he had not the slightest inkling that the victorious piece would become a timeless blockbuster. The 25-year-old Pietro Mascagni sent Cavalleria rusticana, which he had just completed. The premiere, in 1890 in Rome, was a true sensation, and the verismo opera, depicting ordinary contemporary people, villagers and low social classes, would remain Mascagni’s greatest success. Ruggero Leoncavallo decided to follow suit and duly composed his very first opera, Pagliacci, in the verismo style. Premiered in 1892 in Milan, the piece met with an enthusiastic response. In 1893, the two operas were first staged as a double bill, and ever since they have been frequently performed together.
Pagliacci tells the tale of Canio, an actor who kills his attractive young wife Nedda and her lover on stage during a performance. In Cavalleria rusticana, the frivolous Lola re-establishes a relationship with her former lover, whom her husband kills in accordance with an ancient Sicilian custom. Both stories end with a jealousy-fuelled murder. The new production of the two operatic gems has been undertaken by the renowned Czech stage director, actor and musician Ondřej Havelka.
WARNING: A shot is fired at the end of the performance.
Suitable for audience from 12 years.
The production has been financially supported by the National Theatre Benefactors’ Club.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in February-June 2024.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
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