Rehearsal images credited to: Julie Howden
Pagliacci is one of the most exciting operas ever written. Its popularity has not waned since the day of its premiere.
Scottish Opera is bringing this famous opera to Paisley this July, and putting its own spin on things with a definite local flavour.
- A gripping story performed by an outstanding cast
Passion, jealousy, revenge – Pagliacci has got it all…in spades. A doomed love-triangle has fatal consequences when the lines between reality and theatre become blurred. The music is packed with energy, pulsing with passion and features an aria that you are probably very familiar with already – ‘Vesti la giubba’. This has been sung most famously by Pavarotti and even The Simpsons reference the song with a performance by Sideshow Bob! The song exemplifies the idea of the ‘tragic clown’ smiling even though their heart is breaking.
Scottish Opera’s production includes outstanding cast members Anna Patalong, making her Scottish Opera debut, and familiar face Robert Hayward who performed in Scottish Opera’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle last year. They will both be making a very special appearance at Sma’ Shot Day on 7 July so you can get a sneak peek of what to expect in Pagliacci.
- It’s going to be BIG
Scottish Opera’s staging of Pagliacci is big, bold and ambitious. Featuring a company of nearly 200 – this is definitely a work of operatic proportions! This includes a cast of internationally renowned soloists, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a professional chorus. Local folk from Paisley and further beyond make up the extremely dedicated community cast who have been rehearsing for their big debuts since March.
Scottish Opera is transforming Seedhill Sports Ground to create Paisley’s newest venue – Paisley Opera House – where Pagliacci will be staged festival-style in a huge and very unmissable tented-structure.
- Get lost in the work of a master
Pagliacci will be a fully immersive experience. It’s a promenade performance meaning you will be free to move around Paisley Opera House following the action from scene to scene. Get up close and personal or enjoy it from a distance – you have complete freedom to shape your own experience. Pagliacci will be sung in English so you can follow the story even if you’re not following the action around!
- All the fun of the fair
To get you into the festival spirit of Pagliacci , there’s a whole array of fun pre-show entertainment to enjoy – face-painting, dress-up boxes, puppet shows and even a real live donkey! All that excitement is sure to work up an appetite, which can be satisfied with a trip to the on-site food stall that will be serving up hot snacks as well as ice cream so you’re covered whatever the weather (literally too!) A licensed bar will be fully stocked too so don’t be late to the party – doors open at 6pm.
- A very small price tag
One of the few things that isn’t big about Pagliacci is the price tag. Tickets are £15 and £5 for anyone aged under 26. You only have 3 chances to catch this unique opera extravaganza and tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out, get your tickets today!
Book your tickets now (details below)