North Carolina Opera: Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

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( Fri., Jan. 24, 2020 - Sun., Jan. 26, 2020 )

Performed by NC Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Keitaro Harada, director, Carl Tanner, Melinda Whittington, Takaoki Onishi

Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC 27601


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. 


An opera in a prologue and two acts, is sung in Italian with projected English translations. Running time 110 minutes with one intermission.



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  • Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM