Paisley Opera House
Thu 26 Jul to Sun 29 JulBook Tickets
Experience opera through a different lens – in an all-encompassing spectacular that puts you right in the middle of the action. This Summer, visionary director Bill Bankes-Jones marshals a company of nearly 200, including The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, a cast of international soloists and a professional and community chorus, in this blood and guts tale of love and jealousy.
‘The combination of a national company and a broad cross section of a local community coming together to tell such a gripping story through opera is unprecedented. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before.'
Staged festival-style in a huge tented structure – dubbed ‘Paisley Opera House’ – this dynamic promenade production has all the fun of the fair, taking inspiration from commedia dell’arte and Paisley’s own Sma’ Shot Festival, countered with the dark violence of the gripping story. Leoncavallo’s music is packed with energy, pulsing with passion and a showpiece for principals, chorus and orchestra alike. The outstanding cast includes Ronald Samm, famous for his Otello at Opera North in 2013; ex-Samling Scholar Anna Patalong; Robert Hayward (Bluebeard’s Castle 2017); Samuel Dale Johnson (The Marriage of Figaro 2016); and leading Scottish character tenor Alasdair Elliott.
Running time approx. 1 hour 40 mins
Sung in English
Sponsored by Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, W M Mann Foundation, Backstage Trust and Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund
Cast & Creative Team
Pagliacci 2018: Introducing an opera like no other!Ahead of the show opening, go behind-the-scenes of our visit to Paisley's Sma' Shot Festival with Director Bill Bankes-Jones and singers Robert Hayward (Tonio) and Anna Patalong (Nedda).
Pagliacci 2018: One week to go!Are you ready for our operatic spectacular?!
Pagliacci 2018: Community SpiritNeither Ronnie, Kathy nor Fraser had sung with Scottish Opera before PAGLIACCI -- find out how they got involved in our latest production and what it's like working alongside the SO professionals...
Pagliacci: Roll up! Roll up!For the first time Scottish Opera is pitching up in Paisley with a brand new production of Leoncavallo's PAGLIACCI! This is your chance to experience opera like never before— right from the heart of the action!
Pagliacci 2018: the stage is waitingLove performing? Want to get involved? We're inviting local people from across Renfrewshire and beyond to be part of PAGLIACCI'S performing company of up to two hundred. Watch this short video to find out more.
Where will the performance take place?
Pagliacci will be performed in a temporary tented-structure of operatic proportions at Seedhill Sports Ground, Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1QR
How do I get there?
- By train - Hawkhead train station is a very short walk away
- By bus - First (route 9) and McGill's (route 10) have regular services to this area
- By car - you can plan your journey here. On street car parking is also available but spaces are limited.
- By taxi - Renfrewshire Cab Co operate in the local area and can be contacted on 0141 887 7770
What can I expect from a promenade performance?
Pagliacci will be a fully immersive experience; you will be free to move around the space following the action from scene to scene.
Will there be seating?
No, as it is a promenade performance you can expect to be standing and walking for the duration of the performance. However, if you feel that you are unable to stand for the performance there is a very limited number of seating available on request at the time of booking. It's not possible to bring your own seating.
What should I wear?
Of course you can wear whatever you like to any of our performances but as Pagliacci will be staged in a tent outdoors we would encourage you to dress for the weather. You will be standing/walking on grass during the performance so comfortable footwear us a must.
When should I arrive?
Doors will be open an hour before the performance starts. There will be a whole programme of pre-show entertainment to enjoy so don't be late to the party!
How long will the performance last?
The performance will last approx. 1hr 40min. However we encourage you to arrive early as doors open 1hr before the performance begins as there will be pre-show entertainment to enjoy.
Will there be food and drink available?
Yes, there will be a fully licensed bar and a food van selling hot snacks and ice-cream. Food and drink will be available to purchase before, during and after the performance.
Will you be accepting card payments?
Yes, you can pay for food and drink with card. There will be a box office on the door which will also accept card payments.
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