When passions ignite among a troupe of traveling players, the offstage drama spills into the performance in this new production of Pagliacci. Ruggero Leoncavallo’s comedy/thriller, inspired by a true crime report, contains two complete and overlapping stories in one compact work: a farce performed by a troupe of “pagliacci,” or clowns, and an all-too-real drama of jealous love.
Directed by Brenna Corner and conducted by Joseph Colaneri, with set designs by James F. Rotondo III, costumes by Erik Teague, and lighting by Robert Wierzel, our new production of this beloved opera adds a third frame, placing the opera within our immersive Festival, complete with a pre-opera picnic performance on our outdoor stage. What is real, and what is show?
7 Performances | July 27m, 29m; August 2, 6m, 8, 10, 18m