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

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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 - Conner Leavitt
Nedda - Mardi Byers
Tonio- Jan Michael Kliewer
Silvio - Scott Ballantine
Beppe- Janie Sutton


Pagliacci is a dramatic tale of love and betrayal that revolves around a commedia del arte troupe.

Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci about fatal jealousies in a traveling troupe of actors was based on a real-life story: a case encountered by Leoncavallo's father, who was a police magistrate in Naples.

Canio and Nedda are married and are the lead characters in the troupe along with Tonio and Beppe. Nedda is secretly having an affair with Silvio, a villager. Pagliacci is a story of unrequited love and passion, twisted agony, and murderous jealousy.

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