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Dates:Friday, September 27, 2019 - Sunday, October 6, 2019
Ages:Teens, Adults
Category:Theater & Shows
Boston Lyric Opera (BLO)’s season opens with Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s indelible PAGLIACCI, starring Mexico-born tenor Rafael Rojas as Canio and his murderous circus clown alter-ego of the title.

African American soprano Lauren Michelle -- an alumna of Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. and a finalist in 2015’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest -- plays Nedda. Tobias Greenhalgh sings the role of Silvio, Nedda’s lover. Michael Mayes (2016’s Carmen and 2014’s Rigoletto) returns as Tonio.

BLO Emerging Artist alumnus Omar Najmi sings Beppe-Harlequin. BLO Music Director David Angus

Pagliacci, originally written in 1892, will be sung in English and Italian. BLO will use the 2018 translation by Bill Bankes-Jones. David Lefkowich directs the opera and its surrounding experience, which aims to mirror the carnival atmosphere that sets the storyline in motion. The production underscores the play-within-a-play plot of a traveling group of actors who act out their own melodramatic version of a traditional love-triangle plot.

Local community choruses and singers (plus on-site audience members) will be tapped to participate in the event and the performance alongside BLO’s professional chorus.

“Pagliacci is a quintessential opera…and I’m delighted to produce it for the first time at BLO,” Nelson says. “The music is direct and filled with sweeping melodic passion. At its heart is a jealous, abusive husband driven to murder his unfaithful young wife. But the dramatic backdrop is far more complex, frequently blurring the line between acting and reality. It is a perfect opera to bring together and celebrate our community partnerships. Rafael Rojas and Lauren Michelle will bring chemistry and excitement to our stage as the doomed couple.”




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