Pagliacci / Gianni Schicchi

Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:00PM
J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre

Pagliacci / Gianni Schicchi
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Utah Opera Series


Playing the Clown & Clowning Around

Enjoy a sensational double-bill performance featuring some of the most beloved music in all of opera. The performance begins with Pagliacci, Leoncavallo’s emotionally intense masterpiece of passion, infidelity and murder with the famous aria “Vesti la giubba,” sung by the clown Canio, a signature role of Utah Opera’s founder Glade Peterson. Next, heartbreak turns into laughter as Utah Opera explores the lighter side of Puccini with Gianni Schicchi. See what unfolds when a man of great wealth dies and leaves behind a secret will, a gang of scheming heirs, and a hilarious mess. Watch, listen, and laugh, where you’ll find comedy in the chaos.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles

VENUE: Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | Get Directions


Family Night pricing is available for this performance
ELIGIBLE DATES: March 12 & 14

$30/two adults + 2 children.

Additional children/ $5 each, up to 6 per pass.
Discount available for youth ages 5 – 18.

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Tara Faircloth, director
Timothy Myers, conductor
Laura Hawkes, set designer
Matthew Antaky, lighting designer

Wayne Tigges, Tonio / Gianni Schicchi
Scott Piper, Canio
Marina Costa-Jackson, Nedda / Lauretta
Aaron Blake, Beppe/ Rinucchio
Michael Adams, Silvio/Betto
Melissa Parks, Zita
Patrick Blackwell, Simone
Abigail Rethwisch, Nella
Christopher Oglesby, Gherardo
Darrell Babidge, Marco
Melanie Ashkar, La Ciesca
Jesús Vicente Murillo, Ser Amantio di Nicolao
Tyler Oliphant, Maestro Spinelloccio
Dylan Glenn, Pinellino
Daniel Tuutau, Guccio
Jude Payne, Gherardino
Choristers from The Madeleine Choir School
Utah Opera Chorus
Utah Symphony



Synopsis: Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”

With an exuberant, discordant fanfare, a troupe of clowns enters a small town to the delight of thronging inhabitants. They announce that they will be performing that very night. Tonio offers a hand to help leading lady Nedda, but is rudely pushed away by her husband, the jealous Canio, who is head of the troupe.

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The Musical Story of “Pagliacci”

There are five characters in Leoncavallo’s opera, and all but one of them are members of “a troupe of strolling players” (to quote Cole Porter’s Kiss me, Kate) who have arrived “in Calabria near Montalto” (which is in the south-western part of Italy) on August 15—then a Holy Day in the Catholic calendar, to celebrate the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.

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Synopsis: Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

In an elegant chamber in medieval Florence, all the relatives have gathered around the bed of the rich patriarch Buoso Donati. After a long illness, he has died. As they piously express their love and devotion for the recently departed, it’s clear they are all interested in just one thing: the contents of his will.

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The Musical Story of “Gianni Schicchi”

The orchestra for Giacomo Puccini’s only comedy is a standard one: Piccolo; 2 Flutes; 2 oboes; English Horn; 2 B-flat clarinets; Bass Clarinet in B-flat; 2 Bassoons; 4 Horns in F; 3 Trumpets in F; 3 Trombones; Bass Trombone; Timpani; Percussion (consisting of Triangle; Snare Drum; Bass Drum and Cymbals); Celesta; Harp; Strings; off-stage is a low Church Bell.

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Opera 40th Anniversary Season Sponsor

Eccles Foundation

Production Sponsor

Zions Bank

Opera Conductor Sponsor


Opera Artistic Director Sponsor

The Grand America Hotel
Little America Hotel Salt Lake
  Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Monday Performance Sponsor


Wednesday Performance Sponsor

Naoma Tate and the Family of Hal Tate   C. Comstock Clayton Foundation

Floral Season Sponsor


Cast Party Sponsor

Every Blooming Thing   Squatters Pub

VIP Intermission Reception Sponsor


VIP Intermission Reception Wine Sponsor

Ditta Cafe   The Empress Theatre


RUN TIME: Approximately 2.5 hours including intermission.

GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.