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.

On sale April 2018

Sung in English

Running time approx. 1 hour 40 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.

To find more about Pagliacci, please get in touch with Donna Macpherson on 0141 332 9559 or at pagliacci@scottishopera.org.uk

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.