August 19, 2021
Behind the scenes of Pagliacci
If you're craving operatic drama in the comfort of your own home, then look no further! Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, an original Lyric film, is now available free of charge for virtual streaming. Directed by Peter McClintock, with film direction by Matt Hoffman (of Chicago's HMS Media), the opera stars tenor Russell Thomas/Canio, soprano Ailyn Pérez/Nedda, baritone Quinn Kelsey/Tonio, baritone Lucas Meachem/Silvio, and tenor Eric Ferring/Beppe. The starry cast, along with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, are led by Lyric's new music director Enrique Mazzola.
Pagliacci was instrumental in bringing a new realism to opera, and it deals in primary-color emotions – longing, jealousy, revenge. At the center of the opera is Canio, manager and leading man of an ensemble of actors. In the theater where they're going to perform, his wife, Nedda, the leading lady, falls in love with Silvio, one of the stagehands. He begs her to run away with him after the performance that night. When Canio finds out, his jealousy leads to the tragic conclusion.
Keep scrolling to see a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of this new production and reserve your tickets to the free digital stream: