Alagna and Pankratova head the cast in one of the Royal Opera House's most widely acclaimed productions

alian stage director Damiano Michieletto brings us this operatic double bill par excellence comprising the two most emblematic titles of the Verismo movement. Amounting virtually to twin artistic manifestos, they become, in Michieletto's version, the two sides of the same coin, with characters from Cavalleria rusticana appearing in Pagliacci and vice-versa. The topics of the two operas, both set in 1950s Italy, also intertwine in the visual resources used. A veritable "slice of life", to quote from the sung prologue to Pagliacci.

Roberto Alagna (who plays both Turiddu and Canio) revisits the Liceu with Fabio Sartori and Aleksandra Kurzak to remind us, in Canio's words, that “the theatre and life are not the same thing”.

This production has won lavish praise and carried off the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for the Best Opera Production in the UK.

Approximate running time 2h 50m

  • Cavalleria rusticana 1h 10m
  • Interval 30m
  • Pagliacci 1h 15m

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Cavalleria rusticana

Opera in one act. Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci. World premiere: 17/05/1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. First Barcelona performance: 9/05/1891 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 20/04/2011. Number of Liceu performances: 105.


Opera in two acts. Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. World premiere: 21/05/1892 at the Teatro Dai Verme in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 25/01/1895 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 20/04/2011. Number of Liceu performances: 99.

Artistic profile

Henrik Nánási
Damiano Michieletto
Eleonora Gravagnola
Set design
Paolo Fantin
Carla Teti
Lighting design
Alessandro Carletti
Director Assistant
Anna Llopart
Costumes Assistant
Donna Raphael
Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), La Monnaie (Brussels), Opera Australia (Sidney) and The Göteborg Opera
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
VEUS – Cor infantil Amics de la Unió
Children's chorus director
Josep Vila i Jover
Liviu Morna
Musical Director Assistant
Néstor Bayona
Musical Assistants
Véronique Werklé, Rodrigo de Vera, Vanessa García, David-Huy Nguyen-Phung and Jaume Tribó



SantuzzaElena Pankratova5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Oksana Dyka7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December
LolaMercedes Gancedo
TuridduRoberto Alagna5th,9th,13th,18th December
Teodor Ilincai7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,21th December
Martin Muehle16th,22th December
AlfioGabriele Viviani5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Àngel Òdena7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December
Mamma LuciaElena Zilio5th,7th,9th,13th,16th,19th,22th December
María Luisa Corbacho10th,12th,15th,18th,21th December

Debut Liceu

Debut role



NeddaAleksandra Kurzak5th,7th,9th,13th,16th,18th December
Dinara Alieva10th,12th,15th,19th,21th,22th December
CanioRoberto Alagna5th,9th,13th,18th December
Marcelo Álvarez7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,21th December
Martin Muehle16th,22th December
TonioGabriele Viviani5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Àngel Òdena7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December
BeppeVicenç Esteve
SilvioDuncan Rock5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Manel Esteve7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December

Debut Liceu

Debut role

Cast Change

  • Tenor Marcelo Álvarez will replace Fabio Sartori in the part of Canio due to personal reasons.

December 2019

5Thursday20:00Turn B
7Saturday20:00Turn PB
9Monday20:00Turn A
10Tuesday20:00Turn PA
12Thursday20:00Turn H
13Friday20:00Turn E
15Sunday18:00Turn C
16Monday20:00Turn D
18Wednesday20:00Turn PE
19Thursday20:00Turn G
21Saturday20:00Turn F
22Sunday18:00Turn TAD

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.


  • El doble programa operístic per excel·lència.
  • Tornen al Liceu Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak i Marcelo Álvarez.
  • Esplendor verista de la mà de dos dels seus autors fundacionals: Mascagni i Puccini.
  • Passió, gelosia i violència en dos drames que són dues cares de la mateixa moneda.
  • Una producció de Damiano Michieletto aclamada i premiada.