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 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 - www.stagsevenoaks-tickets.co.uk
or 01732 450175 - (don't forget their £2 admin fee per
The Creative Team
Box Office is now Open