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THURSDAY: Lyric Opera's Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci

THURSDAY: Lyric Opera's Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA

9/21/23, 10:50 PM

A play within a play is the play. Ages 10+ recommended by the opera. Join us for the opera's dress rehearsal and deeply discounted tickets! Sung in Italian with English titles. Opera begins at 6:00pm.

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Turiddu returns from war to find his love, Lola, married to another. In a scheme to induce jealousy, he seduces Santuzza. As swiftly as she is beguiled, Santuzza is discarded while Turiddu begins an affair with his old flame. After the conclusion of Easter mass, passions erupt and expose the ugliness of jealousy. With stirring melodies as iconic as the story, Cavalleria rusticana reveals the consequences of infidelity and the lengths we might go to for revenge.


The passions of ordinary people take center stage in Leoncavallo’s classic verismo tale of resentment and possession. Drama seeps into the fabric of a small traveling theater troupe led by Canio and his wife, Nedda. When his suspicions of Nedda’s affair are confirmed, Canio must put on a smile and entertain despite his broken heart. Numb to the ugliness of their world, the audience is left to interpret whether the plot before them is theater or reality.

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