Cavalleria rusticana / Aleko

Mascagni / Rachmaninov

15 February - 22 March 2024

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Enjoy twice the thrill with this red-blooded double bill. 

Known as the opera that invented the mafia, Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who returns from war to find his lover has married. He takes revenge by seducing another woman, even though his obsessive desire for his first love simmers. This powder keg of passion is primed to ignite in the midst of a small community that lives under the strict eye of the church.   

After the interval, Aleko finds his lover in the arms of a younger man, sparking red-hot jealousy… 

This high-octane double bill double bill contains some of opera’s most beautiful music, from Rachmaninov’s potent melodies to the famous Intermezzo featured in The Godfather Part III. 

“reaches terrifying levels of intensity”
★★★★— The Stage on Cavalleria rusticana

“Strikes sparks”
★★★★ — The Telegraph on Cavalleria rusticana

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays

Running time
Cavalleria rusticana: 1 hour 15 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Aleko: 1 hour

Sung in Italian (Cavalleria rusticana) and Russian (Aleko), both with English subtitles

Age guidance
12+, please note this production contains depictions of violence, murder and suicidal references

Audio described performances

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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.


Cavalleria rusticana

Giselle Allen


A man in a hoodie looking up while leaning against a wall.
Andrés Presno


Robert Hayward


A woman with short dark hait.
Anne-Marie Owens


Helen Évora



Robert Hayward


Elin Pritchard


A man in a hoodie looking up while leaning against a wall.
Andrés Presno

Young Lover

A woman with short dark hait.
Anne-Marie Owens


Matthew Stiff

An Old Man


Antony Hermus

Conductor (EXC. 13 AND 15 MAR)

Harry Sever

Conductor (13 AND 15 MAR)

A woman with blonde hair and glasses.
Karolina Sofulak


Charles Edwards
Charles Edwards

Set & Lighting Designer

Gabrielle Dalton

Costume Designer

A man with a light beard wearing a t-shirt.
Tim Claydon

Movement Director

Cavalleria rusticana / Aleko

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