Opera ‘Pagliacci’ by Ruggero Leoncavallo
When music tells a story…
Studio IGM is extremely proud to announce its new project – the Opera ‘Pagliacci’.
Music and libretto are by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
This unique opera was specifically chosen by Studio IGM because we’d love you to hear the amazing music of Italian verismo, as well as seeing just a small glimpse of the colourful world of Harlequin; and of course Pagliaccio and Columbine, whose relationship and private life was transformed into a tragic reality stage show.
You’ll find the combination of comedy and tragedy both shocking and fascinating. The music is wonderful, consisting of melodies, musical characterisation, dramatic force, and declamatory power. Musical leitmotifs catch you from the start and will keep your attention right to the very end. Leoncavallo’s dramatic grip and his power of characterisation is simply superb. Interestingly, the music of “Pagliacci” has often been called theatrical, possibly due to the composer’s amazing mastery in accentuating the drama of the situation.
Pagliacci (Clowns) is the second of Leoncavallo’s nine operas. With a prologue and two acts spanning approximately one hour in performance-time, Pagliacci tells the story of an acting troupe led by a jealous man – a man who’s ultimately driven to murder his actress wife and her lover.
Background of Opera ‘Pagliacci’
This Opera has a fascinating plot, because the story of Pagliacci is based on an incident from the composer’s childhood. In 1865, the victim of a murder was Gaetano Scavello, a Leoncavallo family servant. Gaetano D’Alessandro was the murderer and his accomplice to this crime was his brother Luigi. This murder became the climactic result of a romantic triangle involving Scavello, Luigi D’Alessandro, and a village girl, with whom both men were in love. Leoncavallo’s father was a judge, and the presiding magistrate of the criminal investigation.
We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!