Paisley Opera House: Pagliacci

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Scottish Opera’s new production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opens on 26 July for three performances in a huge tented structure at Seedhill Playing Fields, dubbed ‘Paisley Opera House’. This immersive promenade staging of one of the world’s most popular operatic works gives audiences the opportunity to experience opera in an exciting new way.

Staged festival-style with the audience following the action around the tent, this Pagliacci takes inspiration from commedia dell’arte and Paisley’s own Sma’ Shot Festival. It stars a Community Chorus recruited from Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas, who will perform side-by-side with a cast of international soloists, a professional chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Sung in English, Pagliacci tells the story of Canio, the leader of a troupe of travelling players, who discovers his wife, Nedda, is having an affair. His jealousy erupts before an unsuspecting audience, as the play-within-a-play takes a tragic turn. Food, drink and pre-show entertainments are available for an hour before the show begins.

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