Leoncavallo

Pagliacci

New production

July 2018

Experience opera through a different lens – in an all-encompassing spectacular that puts you right in the middle of the action.

A wretched clown, miserable in making others laugh; a devastating rejection from the woman he loves… Bill Bankes-Jones directs a company of nearly 200 – including The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, a cast of international soloists, a professional and community chorus, and both professional and amateur circus performers – in this blood and guts tale of love and jealousy.


‘Sometimes the best place to perform a piece is outside the theatre. An opera like Pagliacci is crying out for a different approach – I can’t think of a better way to present it, and to capture its energy, than with hundreds of performers from all walks of life.’ Stuart Stratford


Specially created to be staged outwith the walls of our usual theatre venues, promenade-style in a ‘circus’ tent, Pagliacci is set to become an event to remember. Leoncavallo’s music, performed so often by Pavarotti, is packed with energy and pulses with passion. A showpiece for principals, chorus and orchestra alike, the score evokes the harsh romance of Calabrian life so effectively that it has become the soundtrack to a generation of ‘Mafioso’ films, including The Untouchables.

Sung in English

Running time approx. 1 hour 30 mins

Listen to Pagliacci now

Want to get involved? 

We're inviting local people from across Renfrewshire and beyond to be part of the performing company of up to two hundred.

If you're aged 16 or over and enjoy singing, dance or drama or would like to learn a new skill, please join us at one one of the Pagliacci taster events at Scottish Opera’s Silver Cloud Studio in Hillington in November 2017. These two hour sessions will give you a chance to meet some of the creative team and learn more about the performance. No previous performance experience is needed. The Company also wants to hear from existing theatrical, musical, gymnastic, cheer-leading or sporting groups to be part of the carnival-like setting which will be created for the show.

Taster Sessions
Silver Cloud Studio, Hillington Industrial Estate, 37 Gordon Avenue G52 4TG
Mon 20 • Wed 22 • Thu 23 Nov 7-9pm
Tue 21 Nov 2-4pm

The November taster sessions will be followed by an introductory weekend in January and weekly rehearsals for the landmark immersive production will begin in early March. The performances of Pagliacci will be on 26, 28 and 29 July in Paisley, which has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture in 2021.

If you'd like to find out more about the taster sessions, please email Donna Macpherson or call 0141 332 9559.