June 9 - 25, 2017
$25 Under 30 & Military
$25 Under 18
At the door: $45 for Adults 18 and up
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Music direction by Mary Chun
Stage direction by Elly Lichenstein
Generously underwritten by Sponsor Circle Members Sandra O'Brien, and Walter & Emily Roeder with Buffington Clay-Miller
Short, gritty, and boasting one of the great tenor arias of all time, Pagliacci is a perennial audience favorite.
Canio (the clown) is consumed with jealousy because he has overheard his wife, Nedda, plan an assignation with a lover.
The play they'll perform, whose plot has a wife scheming to deceive her husband, is a bit too close to real life. As Canio's character demands to know the name of his wife's lover, he stops acting and addresses her for real: Canio sings of how he rescued Nedda as an orphan, cared for her, loved her, and now she has betrayed him. The audience applauds this brilliant "performance," not realizing that Canio isn't acting. As this play within a play goes wrong, find out why he turns to the audience and proclaims: "La commedia e finita!" (The comedy is ended.)
Special curtain-raiser: James Pelican and his delightful Clowns on a Stick present a curtain-raising howl of a tribute to the great opera.
Open seating. Tickets held at Will Call and we recommend arriving when the doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.
No exchanges or refunds, all sales final.