Make ‘em laugh

The show must go on. His heart was pounding, and his hands were trembling. He tried to catch his breath. He tried to shake away the image. It kept returning, and it was poison. His wife in another man’s arms. Had he become a joke? Was he a clown or a man?

The 2012 season opens with a double bill of Italian operas, pairing the tragic passion of Pagliacci with Puccini’s charming and hilarious Gianni Schicchi. It’s a brilliant new production from Opéra de Montréal. Musical highlights include the famous tenor aria “Vesti la giubba” as Canio the clown applies his make-up, and the sparkling soprano showstopper “O mio babbino caro” in Gianni Schicchi.