North Carolina Opera – Pagliacci
Leoncavallo – PAGLIACCI
An opera in a prologue and two acts, is sung in Italian with projected English translations.
- Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
- Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 PM
Conductor – Keitaro Harada
Laugh, clown. Laugh!
Canio and his wife Nedda lead a band of traveling carnival players in late 19th-Century Southern Italy. They are the live, in-person social media of the day, greeted with wild cheers wherever they go. On the stage, Canio plays the clown, but beneath his makeup boils a troubled and jealous soul. When Canio suspects his wife has taken a lover, he explodes during a performance and, in full view of a stunned audience, stops at nothing to learn the truth. The show and reality become one, with tragic, shocking results.
Based on a true story, Pagliacci features one the greatest tenor arias of all time, “Vesti la giubba,” and this production stars NCO returning artists Carl Tanner (Samson and Delilah), Melinda Whittington (Cold Mountain), Takaoki Onishi (Carmen 2019), and the NCO Orchestra and chorus all conducted by Keitaro Harada (Carmen 2019).
Pagliacci, an opera in a prologue and two acts, is sung in Italian with projected English translations.