Il Pagliacci

R. Leoncavallo
Il Pagliacci
Опера на 2 дії

R. Leoncavallo

Libretto R.Leoncavallo

Opera in 2 act

Language: original language

Сhief conductor

Myron Yusypovyсh People’s Artist of Ukraine

Stage director

Volodymyr Dubrovsky

Set designer

Tadey Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine

Costume designer

Larysa Kuzmyk

Chorus master

Vadym Yatsenko Winner of Ukrainian competition


According to the old traditions of Italian theatre one of the actors comes to the audience and shortly retells the content of the performance.

Act 1

A troupe of strolling actors arrives to the small provincial town in the south of Italy: the head of the troupe Canio (Pagliaccio), his young wife Nedda (Colombina), jester Beppe (Arlecchino) and Tonio (Servant).

Tonio declares his love to Nedda but actress does not take him seriously and even mock at him.  Harbouring a grudge against Nedda, Tonio decides to revenge her.  Catching Nedda with her lover, young peasant Silvio, Tonio warns her husband Canio and brings him to the meeting place right in the moment when Nedda and Silvio are arranging their escape. Enraged Canio demands that Nedda tell him the name of her lover, but she refuses.

Tonoi plans to keep an eye on Silvio who will attend the performance.  Canio is depressed but he has to come out on the stage and hide his sorrows behind the jokes.

Act 2

According to the storyline, Colombina betrays her husband.  Canio tries to cheer up the audience but his grief is unconceivable and cannot be hidden behind the theatrical mask.  No more can he restrain himself.  No! Pagliaccio non son! He sings that if his face is pale, it is not from the stage makeup but from the shame she has brought him. The crowd, impressed by his emotional performance, which they do not realize is real, cheers him.  Canio, grabbing a knife from the table, stabs Nedda. Silvio attacks Canio, but Canio kills Silvio also. The horrified audience then hears the celebrated final line: La commedia è finita! – “The comedy is finished!”

About show

    Ruggiero Leoncavallo created opera Pagliacci in verismo style which truly represents the harsh reality and depicts real person with all his passions and vices. The plot of the opera is based on the real criminal case of the jealousy killing. Music of Leoncavallo reaches its greatest power in the representation of human passions: love, jealousy, betrayal and suffering.

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Upcoming events
Performer of the prologue

Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Canio, head of the troupe

Roman Korentsvit winner of the international competition

Nedda, Canio's wife, in love with Silvio

Lyubov Kachala People’s Artist of Ukraine

Luydmyla Korsun Honored Artist of Ukraine

Tonio, the fool

Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Yurii Shevchuk winner of the international competition

Silvio, Nedda's lover

Mykola Kornutyak winner of the international competition

Petro Radeyko winner of the international competition

Beppe, actor

Vitaliy Voytko

Oleh Lanovyy winner of the international competition

Oleg Sadetsky Honored artist of Ukraine

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