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Pagliacci

Thomson Smillie

Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing – to both touching and tragic effect. Leoncavallo was his own librettist, and his literary skills, allied to great melodic creativity, guarantee that in its two short acts Pagliacci – ‘Clowns’ – delivers an overwhelming emotional experience.

Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing – to both touching and tragic effect. Leoncavallo was his own librettist, and his literary skills, allied to great melodic creativity, guarantee that in its two short acts Pagliacci – ‘Clowns’ – delivers an overwhelming emotional experience.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing – to both touching and tragic effect. Leoncavallo was his own librettist, and his literary skills, allied to great melodic creativity, guarantee that in its two short acts Pagliacci – ‘Clowns’ – delivers an overwhelming emotional experience.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson

Length:

1h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:58