LoftOpera—a Brooklyn-based opera company that presents traditional titles in decidedly nontraditional spaces—will present Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in September. The ultimate “sad clown” tale will unfold in Bushwick at 198 Randolph Street—a former bus depot.
The production, helmed by John de los Santos and conducted by music director Samuel McCoy, will run September 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, and 26 at 8 PM. Following each performance, audience members are encouraged to stay for a dance party and reception featuring DJ Svetlana Voice.
The cast of singers includes Lucas Levy as the commedia troupe lead clown Canio, Kelly Glyptis as his wife Nedda, Wes Mason as Nedda’s lover Silvio, Joshua Conyers as Tonio, and Michael Kuhn as Beppe. The production will also boast a 20-member chorus.
LoftOpera’s Pagliacci will feature a Coney Island-inspired set design by Jung Griffin, costumes by Ashley Soliman, and lighting design by Joan Racho-Jansen. Coincidentally, the Metropolitan Opera will present a Coney Island-set staging of its own this season: Così fan tutte, featuring Tony winner Kelli O’Hara.
Founded in 2013, LoftOpera aims to bring opera to its roots and to the masses with environmental, immersive stagings that emphasize the communal aspects of the genre. Previous productions include Rossini’s Otello, Macbeth, Tosca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and La Bohéme.
Take a look at LoftOpera's 2016 staging of Così fan tutte below.