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Show dates:  October 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 2021

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1858-1919)


The Clowns

Composed 1892
Libretto by the composer (in Italian)

Pagliacci will be sung in English with supertitles

Director - Michelle Berger
Stage manager - Karla Stricker
Accompanist - Sandi Rabas
Costumes - Glenda Brauneis

Canio - Luke Murray
Nedda - Drew Murray
Tonio- Jan Michael Kliewer
Silvio - Kieran Beebe
Beppe- Jake Murray

A dramatic tale of love and betrayal, Pagliacci revolves around a commedia del arte troupe.

Canio and Nedda are married, and the leads in the troupe along with Tonio and Beppe, however Nedda is secretly having an affair with Silvio.

Fearing Canio’s anger, Nedda continues to hide the affair, and even goes as far to attempt to break it off with Silvio.

Silvio and Nedda’s love is strong, however, and they plan to run away together. Tonio, also in love with Nedda, confesses his love for her, but she turns him away, shaming him.

In an act of revenge, Tonio tells Canio that Nedda is having an affair like he suspected.

During a performance, Canio confronts Nedda, and stabs her. Silvio attempts to save Nedda, running up on stage, but gets stabbed by Canio as well.

The audience, not realizing it was real, claps until Canio screams at them, “the comedy is ended.”

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