Passions are running high in a Sicilian village on Easter Morning. Animal herder Alfio is inflamed with jealousy when he learns of his wife’s affair with the young gallant, Turiddu. The two men resort to a duel with knives, and, despite the protestations of Turridu’s mother and his heartbroken lover, Santuzza, the day ends in bloodshed.


A touring troupe of actors arrives at a village in southern Italy, to perform their play, ‘The Clown and Columbine’, which tells the story of an unfaithful woman, played by real-life adulterer, Nedda. For Canio, her jealous husband in life and on stage, the irony is too much to bear, and the performance comes to a tragic end.

The opera I Pagliacci was our initial seed planted in Chambersburg, Trenton in 1982. That presentation was the start of our evolution to a professional opera production company with first main stage season performances of La Traviata and Tosca in 1989-90. 

• Performances are Friday April 20th at 8pm & Sunday April 22nd at 5:30

• Running time for Cavalleria rusticana approximately one hour and 10 minutes and Pagliacci approximately one hour 15 minutes, with one interval in between

• Sung in Italian with surtitles in English