Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

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

Music by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo | Libretti by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti & Guido Menasci and Ruggero Leoncavallo

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


See a Performance

Great opera for beginners!

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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Friday 09/07/18 8:00PM
Wednesday 09/12/18 7:30PM *
Sunday 09/16/18 2:00PM *
Wednesday 09/19/18 7:30PM *
Saturday 09/22/18 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Friday 09/28/18 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Sunday 09/30/18 2:00PM Buy Tickets


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The Buzz



Romantic infidelity results in 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
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

An Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège) production 

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

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Roberto Devereux

Roberto Devereux

September 8–27, 2018



October 3–30, 2018



June 5–29, 2019


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.