Conducted by George Manahan
Directed by Garnett Bruce
THE ENDURING CLASSIC DRAMA.
Based on a real story from a newspaper clipping in the late nineteenth century, Leoncavallo’s “Clowns” tells the story of a traveling troupe of entertainers who perform for an Italian village. They present a show that becomes increasingly parallel to their actual tumultuous lives—resulting in blurred lines between comedy, tragedy, reality, and performance.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION
Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission.
This new-to-Portland production from New Orleans Opera is colorful and classic. Renowned Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato makes his Portland Opera debut, joined by soprano Vanessa Isiguen and baritones Will Liverman and Michael Chioldi.
Listen for the famous tenor aria “Vesti la giubba” (“Put on the costume”), and a cinematic score that is packed with vibrant and evocative music.