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Pagliacci

Vocal Artists | Performance’s Photography | Live Audio Recording

Slideshow Presentation

Features the complete audio track  of the 1978 Live Production

Photos and Audio Recording

 

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Music & Lyrics by Ruggiero Leoncavallo     

OPERA IN TWO ACTS

INTRODUCTION

The story is set in the very south of Italy in the nineteenth century and tells of a troupe of travelling clowns headed by Canio, one of opera’s great dramatic roles. He has a wife, Nedda, who is lusted after by the villain Tonio and truly loved by a local boy called Silvio. When Nedda rejects Tonio’s advances and is spied in Silvio’s embrace, Tonio tells all to husband Canio and the stage is set – literally – for double murder and deep tragedy.

What gives the action such power and cohesion is the device of the play-within- the-play, of which Shakespeare showed mastery in both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. As the actors of the troupe – the clowns – act out the night’s play using the stock heroes, heroine and villains of the old commedia dell’arte, their comic stage lives and tragic true lives precisely intersect in a devastating fashion.

So Nedda/Columbine’s love for Silvio/Harlequin has tragic consequences when her husband Canio/Pagliaccio ‘breaks role’ and confronts her on-stage with demands for her lover’s name. The mounting tension of the extraordinary finale – short but intense – is heightened by music of overwhelming power.

Opera Explained – Pagliacci

By Thomson Smillie

 

Character Role

Canio

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Jesús Quiñones Ledesma

Dramatic Tenor

Character Role

Nedda

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Margarita Castro-Alberty

 Soprano

Character Role

Tonio

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Ryan Edwards

Baritone

 

 

 

Character Role

Silvio

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Carlos Serrano

Tenor

Character Role

Beppe

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Eusebio González

Tenor

Character Role

Aldeanos

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Antonio González Geigel

Baz-Baritone

Character Role

Aldeanos

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Ramón Freire Tenor

 

PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jesús Quiñones Ledesma

 

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PRODUCTION DIRECTORS

 

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Franco Gratales

Stage Director

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Joseph Rescigno

Music Director

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Ricardo Quiñones

Scenographer

 

 

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Pablo Boissen

Rehearsal Music Assistant

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Victor Meléndez

Children Chorus Assistant

 

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Luis Olivieri

Director of Chorus

 

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Michael Harrison

TV Production Assistant

 

 

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Poster Designed by

Margarita Castro Alberty

 

COSTUMES DESIGNERS

 

Wardrobe

Alphie Decorators

Production Coordinator

Xavier Paul

Cast’s Costumes Coordinator 

Jorge Manrique

Chorus Costumes

Nina López

Hair and Make-Up

Junito Resto

Lighting Technician

Antonio Frontera

 

CHORUS

 

Sopranos

Wanda Nieves

Minerva Rodríguez López

Iraida R. Lebrón de Cruz

Tanya Veve

Magda C. Martinez Vigo

Rita Diaz Canales

Ada I. Montero Colon

Teresita Irizarry Silvestriny

Evelyn Robert Olivieri

Elizabeth Walker Egea

Maria Teresa Ortiz

Jessie Quinones Egea

Iris Mayzonent Rohena

Maridel Gonzalez Crespo

Ibis Torres Perez

Nancy S. Amaya

Gloria Shuman

Regina Pietri

 

Mezzos

Evelyn Otero Fernández

Elizabeth Diaz

Delia Rivera Salgado

María Lara

Ileana Salas Bellafrores

Vanessa Rodríguez

Adela Sierra Ortiz

Cecilia Rivera Figueras

Maria de Lourdes Salas

 

Tenores

 Louis Brisueno

Mercado Declet Miguel

Ricardo Cabrera

Eugenio Pamias

Adolfo Llorca

Miguel A. Maldonado

Rafael Ángel Martínez

Rubén González

John Vizcarrondo

Rafael Enrique Pérez Cruz

Domingo Díaz Negrón

Carlos J. Rivera Díaz

Norman Veve

 

Baritones

Samuel Iván Pérez

Luis J. Hernández

Wilfred C. Walker

Ángel C. Escalera Gutiérrez

Roberto Ledesma

Roberto Alcaraz Díaz

Ramón González

Ángel Luis Vélez

Prisco Hernández

Ronas Febo

 

CHILDREN’S CHORUS

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Joaquín Arrillaga

Laura E. Masi

Larisa Colon

Isabel E. Maso

Esther Prado

Alex Walker

Mayda E. Gómez

Connie Walker

Ricardo Gómez

Emanuel Olivieri

Enid L. Cintron

William Vivo

Tariana Navas

Manuel Benavente

Rina Rivera

Heidi Molina

Francisco S. Guzmán

Dora Sutell

Alice F. Roebuck

Margarita Suttel

Francés T. Rodríguez

Lydia Rivera

 

ORCHESTRA

 

Contracted

Gualberto Capdeville

 

VIOLINES 1

COSMO

Henry Hutchinson Jr. Concertino

Luis Arroyo

Jean Gress

Rafael Irizarri

Jorge Cabeza

Narcisito Figueroa

PERCUSSION

Ramón Irizarry

Manuel Garcia

Carlos Rodríguez

BAJOS

VIOLINES 2

Freddie Silva

Francisco Morla

Enriquillo Ceron

Enrique Collazo

Jorge Cabrera

TROMPETAS

Ramon Irizarry

Orland Cora

Francisco Figueroa

Victor Lebron Coto

VIOLAS

OBOES

Jose Catanzaro

Harry Rosario

Jorge Luis Acevedo

TIMPANI

CELLOS

Carlos Rosario

William Melendez

Fermin Segarra

FAGOTES

Ismael Sugranes

Roberto Lopez Olmedo

TRAMOYA ORQUESTA

BIBLIOTECARIO

Vincente Olmo

Freddie Silva

Gualberto R. Bodin

TROMBONES

FLAUTAS

Antonio Salcedo

Wilfredo Miranda

Agustin Guadalupe

Ivan Mariani

CLARINETTES

Genesio Riboldi

Ricardo Mariani

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SPONSORED BY

Union Carbide

American Business Women

Government of Puerto Rico through

 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña”, Cultural Institute of Puerto Rico