( 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.