Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

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.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

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

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

See a Performance

Great first opera!

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of The Godfather, American Horror Story, Fatal Attraction and The Sopranos.

Found in series

Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M, R*
Half Series: B, F*, I, L, N, RBW*, S*, W
Out of Town Series: OT1, OT2, OT3
*Best Value Series

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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

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


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

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Cast and Creative

Turiddu Roberto Aronica
Santuzza Ekaterina Semenchuk
Alfio Dimitri Platanias *
Lola Laura Krumm
Mamma Lucia Jill Grove
Canio Marco Berti
Nedda Lianna Haroutounian
Tonio Dimitri Platanias *
Silvio David Pershall
Beppe Amitai Pati


September 7, 12, 16, 19, 22, 28, 30, 2018

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.


Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. Additional support is provided by: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund.

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