August 2021

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Leoncavallo's searing drama Pagliacci returns to the Lyric stage for the first time in more than a decade. Performed and filmed in the Lyric Opera House, this production is now available to watch. Music Director Enrique Mazzola conducts a powerhouse cast including Russell Thomas, Ailyn Pérez, Lucas Meachem, Quinn Kelsey, and Eric Ferring with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

In Pagliacci, Canio manages a small touring company of actors. In the town where they're about to perform, he's enraged to discover that his wife Nedda, the company's leading actress, has fallen in love with a handsome young man from the town, Silvio, and is planning to run away with him. Canio, the clown, laughs on the outside, but inside, he's seething with jealousy that culminates in searing passion, riveting drama, and unforgettably thrilling music.

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Meet the artists

Lyric's filmed production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and other programming innovations from Lyric Opera of Chicago is generously made possible by

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O’Leary

Susan & Robert Morrison

Anonymous Donor

Virginia Tobiason

Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by

 Alice & John Butler

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric’s most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.