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The enduring classic drama.

Conducted by George Manahan
Directed by Christopher Mattaliano


JUNE 5–13, 2020
Keller Auditorium
222 SW Clay St
Portland, OR 97201


Based on a real story from a newspaper clipping in the late nineteenth century, Leoncavallo’s “Clowns” tells the story of a traveling troupe of entertainers who perform for an Italian village. They present a show that becomes increasingly parallel to their actual tumultuous lives—resulting in blurred lines between comedy, tragedy, reality, and performance.

“Pagliacci is the quintessential verismo opera. It’s entertaining, dramatic, and a fantastic option for a first-time opera-goer.” –Christopher Mattaliano, Stage Director


Performed in Italian with English captions. 
Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission.

Maestro George Manahan and General Director Christopher Mattaliano team up to bring Portland Opera’s nostalgic production, set in the 1940s, back to the stage. Renowned Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato makes his Portland Opera debut, joined by soprano Vanessa Isiguen and baritones Will Liverman and Michael Chioldi.

Listen for the famous tenor aria “Vesti la giubba” (“Put on the costume”), and a cinematic score that is packed with colorful and evocative music.

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Join us one hour before curtain for a discussion providing context and unique insights into the world of the opera. After the performance join company members and guests from the production, for a post-show conversation.

Tickets available from $35. View seating map for Keller Auditorium.


The performance of Pagliacci on June 7, 2019 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Canio Fabio Armiliato

Nedda Vanessa Isiguen

Tonio Michael Chioldi

Silvio Will Liverman

Conductor George Manahan

Director Christopher Mattaliano

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Later Event: June 13
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