“Pagliacci” is perhaps the perfect opera to catch spectator, in it, reality and fiction inevitably intermingle, managing to make that nothing be what it seems. Love, lack of love, jealousy, hatred and death; as in life itself, they occur throughout this story.
This opera belongs to an artistic movement known as “Il verismo”, which tries to reflect reality-truth. Ruggero Leoncavallo wrote his own script for “Pagliacci”, looking for a realistic and tragic story that could use, he recalled a true story that his father had told him, a judge who presided over the trial of an actor who killed his wife in an act of jealousy in Calabria, a town in southern Italy. Story that suited his needs, was converted into the basis of his opera.
Cast for this presentation is composed by tenor Ernesto Rodríguez (Canio / Pagliaccio), soprano Ivette Ortiz-Davenport (Nedda / Colombina), baritone Andrew Suckey (Tonio / Taddeo), tenor José Daniel Hernández (Beppe / Harlequin) and baritone Kevin Rodríguez (Silvio). Stage director is Massimo Pezzutti with Musical Direction of Alejandro Gutiérrez. Also participating are UCR Symphony Orchestra, students and professors of Singing Chair, as well as choir of EAM, University Chorus and National Institute of Music Children’s Choir.
Invitation is for Sunday, May 26, from 5:00 p.m. at Melico Salazar Popular Theater. More information in links attached. Click on tickets button for details on entrance fee!