Pagliacci - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

Leoncavallo’s tragic tale of the tears of a clown. The audience favorite tells of a love, heartbreak, betrayal, and clowns! Pagliacci chronicles the behind-the-scenes fallout among a traveling troupe of clowns in Southern Italy. Based on a real-life love triangle known to Leoncavallo, the opera is regarded for the searing aria  Vesti la giubba (Put on the Costume), which is sung by Canio as he prepares for the final performance in which he will confront his wife, Nedda, who is secretly involved with Silvio, a young villager.

Fast Facts

Opera in two acts
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Premiered 1892 in Milan

This production
Sung in Italian with English titles
Run time is one hour, 15 minutes

Artists

Diego Torre

Canio

Mark Delavan

Tonio

Marina Costa-Jackson

Nedda

Chris Kenney

Silvio

Matthew DiBattista

Beppe

Renato Balsadonna

Conductor

Elaine Tyler-Hall

Director

Sponsors

This production is additionally supported by the J. Earnest & Almena Grey Wilde Fund

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Fast Facts

Opera in two acts
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Premiered 1892 in Milan

This production
Sung in Italian with English titles
Run time is one hour, 15 minutes

Sponsors

This production is additionally supported by the J. Earnest & Almena Grey Wilde Fund