Rusticana & Pagliacci - April 2018
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
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 Creative Team
Cav and Pag Kentish
Opera Stag Theatre Sevenoaks 27 April 2018
I always know, when driving
to see Kentish Opera I'm going to have a splendid evening at
the Opera. Kentish Opera you didn't disappoint me.
Cav and Pag are two operas I haven't seen before, and I was totally
immersed and engaged from when the curtain went up until it was
lowered. As always, a strong solid set design by Enid Strutt.
She always gets it spot on, as does Carol Stevenson for her exceptional
costume design, all in period from top to bottom. Cav is a dark
piece of Opera with love and murder being its theme.
Robyn Sevastos always gathers the best musicians for her orchestra
and it gives us a wonderful and glorious sound. Robyn tells me
her chorus of 46 singers are brilliant and it shows; perfectly
Director Terry John Bates once again directed his large cast
with such professionalism. I have said it before I know, but
this team together never fail to give their audience's a stupendous
evening of entertainment.
Kentish Opera soloists never fail, and I cannot fault any of
them, each performing their roles with professionalism. It was
nice to see a few new faces this visit.
Props, lighting, and stage management were in the very capable
hands of Ann Breame, Sarah-Jane Durman, Sam Gilham and Sally
Pagliacci is a bit more fun
than Cavalleria Rusticana but as it is the same production team
I'm going to echo my words for their splendid work as in Cav.
I can't heap enough praise on Kentish Opera for their splendid
production of CAV and PAG. Thank you for a perfect night at the
(Click on image
to enlarge - more will follow shortly)
Photos taken by
Andrew Waltham (Kentish Opera)