Pagliacci Palooza

Pagliacci Palooza presented by Vashon Opera

I Pagliacci composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo

May 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 15, 2016, 2:30 pm

$32 Season Ticket Price
$35 Individual Ticket Price

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Vashon Center for the Arts
19704 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon

Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours (including one intermission)

What's the Palooza?

Come be swept away by the beauty, grandeur and realism of Italian Opera as Vashon Opera presents some of opera’s greatest highlights in the “Palooza” portion of Pagliacci Palooza! You’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind event as the combined forces of The Vashon Island Chorale, Vashon Opera soloists and opera orchestra perform magnificent Italian opera choruses and arias in the new Vashon Center for the Arts.

A show within a show…within a show?

Following the Palooza you’ll find yourself drawn in to the drama and realism of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci as the tale of a travelling troupe of actors unfolds in this fully staged version.

I Pagliacci tells the tale of a travelling troupe of actors falling apart at the edges by passion, jealousy and rage. Tonio, one of the performers, reminds us during the prologue that the commedia dell’arte actors share the same joys and sorrows as real people. Now, fast-forward to the culminating scene as the troupe presents its show to the townsfolk.

The jealous Canio (playing Pagliaccio) presses Nedda (playing Columbine) for the name of her secret lover. The townsfolk enjoy the convincing performance. But, is this the show or is this real? Will Nedda reveal the name? Can Canio contain his rage?

Come find out in May 2016. Mark your calendars now!