Cav & Pag

A classic one act pairing of operas depicting the raw, heartbreaking and beautiful complexity of everyday life.

This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. To book as part of an opera package (2 or more operas) click here



Love, betrayal and revenge all play out in a quiet village in a rural corner of Italy. Emotions run high as fidelity is tested and hearts broken in this tale that will resonate with you for the powerful raw depictions of everyday life, in all its heartbreaking and beautiful complexities.

In a cast that showcases the world class talent of Western Australian artists, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana will be paired with Pagliacci, often referred to as ‘Cav & Pag’. This classic one act pairing has often been celebrated as the birth of verismo, a style of music drama depicting the crude passions of everyday people rather than the exploits of kings, queens and gods.



A travelling troupe stage a comedy about a betrayed husband and his beautiful, flirtatious wife. But life runs very close to art in this tale of love, lust and heartbreak, when acting suddenly become a very dangerous game…

Featuring an extraordinary cast of Western Australian artists, Leoncavallo's opera will remind you of the trials of the heart that transcend age, time, and place.




Conductor Rebecca Lang
Director Andrew Sinclair
Set Designer Shaun Gurton
Costume Designer
Victoria Rowell
Lighting Designer Donn Byrnes


Turiddu Paul O’Neill
Alfio James Clayton
Santuzza Ashlyn Tymms
Lola Brigitte Heuser
Mamma Lucia Nicole Youl


Canio Paul O’Neill
Tonio James Clayton
Nedda Emma Matthews
Silvio Christopher Tonkin
Beppe Matthew Lester


WAO Chorus

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Book via The Fork or call (08) 9265 0937

Under current State Government COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is able to operate at 100% capacity.

We will endeavour to present this event however we will be operating as per COVID-19 restrictions and conditions may change rapidly.

For more information please contact Box Office on (08) 6212 9292

His Majesty’s Theatre and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the theatre. These efforts include:

  • The completion of a COVID safety plan.
  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
  • Distanced markers for queuing.
  • Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE.

A digital programme for Cav & Pag will be available to view for free on the WAO website in advance, so if you’d like to read it before the performance, you’ll be able to do so.

We are taking every measure possible to ensure audience safety, so printed programmes will not be available at the performances. 

Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us. 

Event and ticketing details


Audio Described
Wheelchair Access
Language/sub-title available in english
Tactile Tour

Dates & Times

DURATION 2hr 45min including one interval
17 July, 2021 Saturday - 7.30pm
20 July, 2021 Tuesday - 7.30pm
22 July, 2021 Thursday - 7.30pm
24 July, 2021 Saturday - 7.30pm


His Majesty's Theatre

825 Hay Street

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