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13 - 18 August 2016

Laughter and Tears

A SPELLBINDING MIX OF CIRCUS AND SINGING, FEATURING CIRCUS OZ.

Olivier Award winner Emil Wolk directs the captivating tragedy Pagliacci in the highly anticipated collaboration between Victorian Opera and Circus Oz that features two connecting episodes, 'Laughter' and 'Tears'. 

'Laughter' is set during the 40s in a small Italian town and serves as a unique prologue to the tragic events of Pagliacci. A troupe of military entertainers prepares to perform a comedy of forbidden love for the local townspeople, complete with feats of physical acrobatics and beautiful singing. In 'Tears' (Pagliacci), the curtain comes down on this whimsical theatre as the offstage lives of the performers unravel following the revelation of a secret affair. 

View the production photography.
Enter the rehearsal room.
Watch the trailer.
View the programme online.

See the costume design gallery.

EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTS SHINING A NEW LIGHT ON THE POWER OF PAGLIACCI.

The dramatic intensity of Pagliacci is indisputable. Canio’s show-stopping aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ (‘Put on the costume’) has been immortalised by some of the world’s greatest singers. Now formidable Australian tenor Rosario La Spina gives new voice to Canio following his critically acclaimed performance as Pollione in Victorian Opera’s Norma (2014).  

Star soprano Elvira Fatykhova performs the role of the restless Nedda, while Victorian Opera’s own Richard Mills conducts. Director Emil Wolk, fresh from consulting on the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production of Pagliacci, directs this unique double bill of circus and opera that redefines Leoncavallo’s captivating tragedy.

Opera at the Palais

Victorian Opera returns to The Palais following The Flying Dutchman (2015) as part of its commitment to bringing the breathtaking experience of large scale opera to an iconic heritage theatre with incredible acoustics.


Additional Information

LAUGHTER
Featuring Arie Antiche

Composers Vecchi, Banchieri and various

TEARS
Featuring Pagliacci

Composer Ruggero Leoncavallo

Librettist Ruggero Leoncavallo

Conductor Richard Mills

Director Emil Wolk

Set Design Julie Nelson

Costume Design Harriet Oxley

Lighting Design Eduard Ingles Sancho

Cast
Stage Hand/Columbine Kate Fryer
Stage Hand Geoff Dunstan
Stage Hand DJ Garner
Stage Hand Luke Taylor
Arlequinno/Beppe Michael Petruccelli
Minstrel Kate Amos
Minstrel Daniel Carison
Minstrel Michelle McCarthy
Minstrel Shakira Tsindos
Capitano/Stage Hand Tim Coldwell
Nedda Elvira Fatyknova
Canio Rosario La Spina
Tonio James Clayton
Silvio Fabio Capitanucci

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

 

Venue
Palais Theatre 

Venue Information/Seating Map

Dates
Saturday 13 August  7:30pm
Tuesday 16 August   7:30pm
Thursday 18 August  7:30pm

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Book Tickets

Book Membership

Prices

PREMIUM
Weekday $120
Weekend $130

A RESERVE


Weekday Weekend
Adult $95 $105
Senior $90 $100
Concession/Group (8+) $80 $90
B RESERVE


Weekday Weekend
Adult $65 $70
Senior $60 $65
Concession/Group (8+) $55 $60
VOyage/Arts Access Cardholders* $30 $30
School Groups $25 $25
C RESERVE


Weekday Weekend
Adult $55 $60
Senior $50 $55
Concession/Group (8+) $45 $45
VOyage/Arts Access Cardholders* $30 $30
School Groups $25 $25

*Outlet and Box Office only

Laughter and Tears is a co-production of Victorian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, presented in association with Circus Oz