Opera North - Cavalleria rusticana/Aleko

Wednesday 6 March & Friday 8 March Opera Schools
Tickets £22.50 to £71.00

Venue: Theatre Royal

Running time: Doors open 1 hour before each performance. Show times - Cavalleria rusticana: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Aleko: 1hour

Important Information

Age Guidance: 12+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

Cavalleria rusticana – Sung in Italian with English titles
Aleko – Sung in Russian with English titles

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Audio Described: 08/03/2024 19:00

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Enjoy twice the thrill with this double bill of the ever-popular Cavalleria rusticana and Rachmaninov’s rarely heard Aleko. In both gritty blood-soaked dramas, jealous love triangles plummet to violent ends

Cavalleria rusticana
Turiddù is the son of Lucia, who runs the village shop. He was dating Lola, but she eventually married another man, Alfio. Angered by this, Turiddù seduced Santuzza, a very religious girl. But Turiddù is still in love with Lola, and she, disillusioned with her new marriage, misses him as well.

On Easter Sunday morning, Santuzza visits Lucia to confront her about Turiddù’s behaviour. Alfio arrives with his newly acquired car – the only taxi in the village. Santuzza tells Lucia of her betrayal by Turiddù, and the community assembles to celebrate the Easter Mass.

Santuzza confronts Turiddù over his affair with Lola, which he angrily denies. But when Lola arrives, Turiddù can’t help but join her, leaving Santuzza alone. Consumed by rage and grief, Santuzza tells Alfio about his wife’s affair with Turiddù. Alfio swears vengeance. At the end of the service, the people leave the church. Turiddù challenges Alfio and then offers him a drink, which Alfio refuses, claiming it would turn to poison inside him.

Overwhelmed by guilt, Turiddù realizes how badly he has hurt Alfio, Lola, Santuzza and his mother. He asks Lucia for forgiveness, and meets his fate.

A bohemian community sing of the freedom of their free existence. An old man tells a story. Long ago, he loved Mariula who deserted him for another man, leaving behind Zemfira, their daughter. Zemfira is now grown up, has her own child, and lives with Aleko, a Russian who has abandoned civilisation for the bohemian way of life.

Hearing this story, Aleko is outraged that Zemfira’s father took no revenge on Mariula. But Zemfira disagrees. For her, love is free and she herself has already tired of Aleko’s possessiveness and now loves a younger man, one of her own people. After dances for the women and the men, all settle down to sleep.

Zemfira appears with her young lover, whom she kisses passionately before disappearing to look after her child. Aleko enters and Zemfira taunts him, singing about her wild lover.

Alone, Aleko broods on the catastrophe of his relationship with Zemfira and the failure of his attempt to flee the ordinary world. As dawn comes, he surprises Zemfira and her lover together. In a torment of jealousy, he kills them both. Led by Zemfira’s father, the community spare Aleko’s life but cast him out from them forever.

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Group 10+
£7.50 off £63.50 and £53.50 price tickets and £5.00 off £40.00 and £33.50 price tickets. Applies to Tuesday to Friday performances.

16-30 & Full Time Students
£10.00 tickets in the Upper Circle and rear Stalls.  Limited availability,  50 tickets per performance, 2 tickets per application. Register with Opera North

Try It ON
£20.00 tickets in the Upper Circle for first time opera attenders. Limited availability, 20 tickets per performance, 2 tickets per application. Register with Opera North

Access Tickets
£25.00 for customers using the audio description/sign language interpretation where available. Free carer ticket if eligible.

Retired Over 65s
£2.50 off the ticket price.

Under 18s
50% off all tickets when purchased with an adult ticket. Call the Box Office on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Registered Unwaged
50% off the ticket price.

No concessions on the bottom 2 ticket prices or for Saturday 7:30pm performances.

‘…Sofulak creates a potent atmosphere that gives fresh impetus to the tragedy’

The Telegraph (2017)

Pre-Show Talk 6.00pm – 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 & Friday 8 March in the Nelson’s Studio.
Places are free but need to be booked in advance through the Box Office on 0115 989 5555

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Wednesday 6 March

7:00 PM

From £22.50 - £71.00

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Friday 8 March

7:00 PM

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Live commentary via headphones for blind or partially sighted patrons, causing no disruption to those not benefitting from the service. Braille and Large Print cast lists will be available with programme notes broadcast 15 minutes prior to the performance.

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