G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by Joseph Machlis for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.

  • 1 hr
  • Libretto by the composer. English translation by Joseph Machlis.
  • English, Italian

Programme Note

Cast List:
   CANIO, head of a troupe of strolling players (Pagliaccio in the play): Tenor
   NEDDA, his wife (Columbine in the play): Soprano
   TONIO, a member of the troupe (Taddeo in the play): Baritone
   PEPPE, a member of the troupe (Harlequin in the play): Tenor
   SILVIO, a villager: Baritone
   Peasants and Villagers
Canio, the leader of a troupe of players, warns of the dire consequences if his wife Nedda were ever unfaithful to him. When the hunchback Tonio makes advances to her, she rejects him. But Tonio later overhears her making plans to run away with a local villager, Silvio, with whom she has been having an affair and informs Canio. That night, as he plays the part of a spurned husband in a comical play, the parallels of fact and fiction overwhelm him and he stabs Nedda on stage. Silvio rushes up from the audience to help her, but Canio stabs him too.