The opera Il Pagliacci has no dull moments – it is packed with events and it is fresh and contemporary. In almost all of my productions there is a prologue or rain that brings unexpected gifts. Sometimes it helps young shoots grow, sometimes it stunts them. That’s what it will be like with Il Pagliacci as well. When you look at the sky it helps you open up your heart. Canio, deceived by his wife, tells us of the torment of jealousy and of the hopelessness of being obsessed by love.”

To some extent we are all acrobats, and we know that all the time life is moving to a point where there is no balance. I have always tried to find a language that coincides with the souls of today’s audiences. This story is told in the modern day and using modern language that was born from the old habit of abstractions, hints and images that are close to dreams. It helps us understand who we are, in an open circle going from the dancers to the singers, from the acrobats to the musicians. Like children: children ask to be told a fairytale at night time so that they can dream and conquer their fears. The abstraction leads to dialogue with the unconscious from which the power of Leoncavallo’s music emerges along with his short and simple story.

Daniele Finzi Pasca, July 2011

Pagliacci, Teatro San Carlo

Music and libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Orchestra, chorus from Theater San Carlo

Musical Director: Donato Renzetti
Principal Chorus Master: Salvatore Caputo
Directeur du Choeur de voix blanches: Stefania Rinaldi

Stage Director: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Creative Associate: Julie Hamelin
Set Designer: Hugo Gargiulo
Choreograph: Maria Bonzanigo
Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi

Lighting Designer: Daniele Finzi Pasca and Alexis Bowles
Make-Up Designer: Chiqui Barbé
Director’s Assistant: Geneviève Dupéré

Light Designer assistant Marzio Picchetti
Costumes Design Assistant: Lisa Ruffini

Kristin Lewis, Nedda / Carl Tanner, Canio / Dario Solari, Tonio
Francesco Marsiglia, Beppe / Simone Piazzola, Silvio

Acrobats: Pagliacci in Naples: Évelyne Allard, Moira Albertalli, Karen Bernal, Helena Bittencourt, Annie-Kim Déry, Stéphane Gentilini, Mariève Hémond, David Menes.

Acrobats: Pagliacci in St-Petersburg: Jean-Philippe Cuerrier, Annie-kim Déry, Stéphane Gentilini, Catherine Girard, Mariève Hémond, Evelyne Laforest, Sandrine Mérette.

Rigger: Lorant Voros, Dave Bourdages, Carlos Cardona
Rig Consultant: Jens Leclerc

We thank Madam Lorenza Guiot for the disposability and the consultation of the documents of the Fondation Leoncavallo di Locarno

New production of Teatro di San Carlo
Production Teatro di San Carlo – Fondazione Campania dei Festival