Opera composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo, who wrote to her music and created the libretto. Critics believe that the source of his inspiration for this work served as the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" Mascagni, which is noticeable story proximity and similarity of musical decisions. Many theater directors see two operas a single line, uniting them in one evening - the same formulation. However, according to the author, the subject line is taken from their own childhood memories - like his father judged the case, the judge worked.
Liliana Cavani takes effect in the middle of the XX century, thereby bringing the characters to the present, the director avoids direct parallels. The success of the performances a lot invested and well-known artists and decorators Peskuchchi G. and J. Ferretti, choreographer Misha van Hoek and brilliantly cope with their tasks performers. Successful music Leoncavallo moves, simplicity and reliability of what is happening on stage, close to the scene of ordinary life, purity and ease of execution - all this was the basis on which the world grew triumphant success of "Pagliacci" on stage.
Celebration and joy, which always accompanies the wandering actors, ends sadly deceived husband kills his unfaithful wife and her lover, and the audience begins to suspect that it is not just a theatrical tragedy, but something more to them: issues of betrayal and honor do not leave anyone indifferent ...
The play is performed in Italian (accompanied by subtitles in Russian).
Directed by: Liliana Cavani
Actors: Mikhailovsky Theatre Troupe
Premiere: November 27, 2008
Running time: 1 hours and 50 minutes with one intermission