Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci - April 2018


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These two operas may be short, but they have a powerful impact, full of passion, dark emotions, jealousy, obsession and fear, but brilliant music! Mascagni and Leoncavallo couldn't have known that their two short operas would quickly come to have a common and near constant destiny as a double-bill. So different, but these two operas have so much in common.

They are well known for their 'Verismo' which translated means 'Greater Realism'. Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) were last performed by Kentish Opera 17 years ago and we are delighted to bring you these two new and exciting productions.

Cavalleria Rusticana translates literally as "rustic chivalry" and its single act contains intense drama, surrounded by much-loved musical gems, the Easter Hymn and the gorgeous Intermezzo. Pagliacci - "Clowns" - tells the story of a troupe of travelling actors. As they perform a play for the local village, the underlying emotions and passions of theatre turn into the world of reality and eventually to tragedy. As part of the action, Canio, as he dresses for the performance, he rails against a life in which he must play the part of a clown while his heart is breaking (Vesti la giubba). (Click on the above links to sample the music).

We welcome back Terry John Bates as director. Robyn Sevastos is conducting the soloists, chorus and orchestra. It is fully staged and sung in English. Not to be missed!

The Box Office is open and we have the ever popular Early Bird offer for the Wednesday night. The Early Bird offer is a £2 reduction for all seats for the Wednesday performance if booked before the 31st March 2018. These seats can only be booked through the Kentish Opera Box Office - 08456 432987.

Once again we are pleased to offer a Luxury Coach Service for the Saturday performance from the Bromley and Orpington areas (please note earlier start time of 6.30pm). This has proved a very popular and hassle-free way of getting to see our shows; it will pick up from Central Bromley, then Orpington Station, cost £10 per head return, which includes a complimentary programme worth £3.

Please note that the Early Bird offer and the coach can only be booked through the Kentish Opera Box Office, so please have a chat to our Box Office team, Peter, Maggie, Sally and Richard, when you call them for tickets on 08456 432987 (no booking fee).

Online booking (as well as live Box Office) is available from the Stag - or 01732 450175 - (don't forget their £2 admin fee per transaction.)


The Creative Team


Terry John Bates
 Musical Director

Robyn Sevastos
 Set Designer

Enid Strutt
 Costume Designer

Carol Stevenson

The Cast

 Cavalleria Rusticana 


Helen Bailey

Roger Paterson


Matthew Sprange

 Mama Lucia


Katy Bingham-Best

Rebecca Foster


Rebecca Hooper



Katherine Blumenthal

Matthew Sprange

Roberto Francesco

Alistair Sutherland

Stuart McDermott

The Box Office is now Open