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San Diego Opera Presents Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci'

  • When Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
    Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7 p.m.
    Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2 p.m.
  • Where San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego Map | Website
  • Age limit All ages
  • Categories Arts, Classical, Theater
  • Cost $35 - $225
Promotional image for the opera, "Pagliacci", which will be playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Above: Promotional image for the opera, "Pagliacci", which will be playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

"Pagliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Jan. 25, 28, 31 at 7 PM and Feb. 2 at 2 PM

“Crazed clown murders wife in front of live audience” is what the headlines would have screamed after the jealous Canio stabs his wife Nedda and her lover to death in a jealousy-driven rage while performing a comedy before an audience of shocked Italian villagers.

One of the most powerful operas in the repertoire, "Pagliacci" is gut-wrenching as Tonio, a member of the traveling troupe of players rejected by Nedda, sees her with another man and tells Canio how to get vengeance. In the famous aria “Vesti la giubba”, Canio applies his clown make-up saying that the show must go on, but creates his own tragic ending.

Debuting artists Romanian soprano Adina Nitescu, a consummate actress at the Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Florence, and powerful Brazilian baritone Rodolfo Giugliani, join Uruguayan tenor Carlo Ventre, fresh from successes at Covent Garden, Hamburg and the Verona Arena. Yves Abel, following his great success leading The Daughter of the Regiment last season, returns to conduct with Andrew Sinclair directing this extraordinary production.

For more information: or (619) 533-7000
Location: San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA Google Map

KPBS will broadcast San Diego Opera's 2014 season on KPBS 89.5 FM:
"Pagliacci" January 25 at 7 p.m.
"Elixir of Love" February 15 at 7p.m.
"A Masked Ball" March 8 at 7 p.m.
"Don Quixote" April 5 at 7 p.m.

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