Lyric season

Black el payaso / I pagliacci

Black el payaso / I pagliacci

[Double programme]

Approximate duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes (with interval)

Black el payaso
Operetta in a prologue and three acts by Francisco Serrano Anguita
Worldpremiered at Teatro Coliseum, Barcelona, on April 21, 1942

I pagliacci
Drama in a prologue and two acts by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Worldpremiered at Teatro dal Verme, Milán, on May 21, 1892

New production of Teatro de la Zarzuela

The second «double programme» of this season brings the world of the circus and the theatre to the Teatro de la Zarzuela stage in two very different stories directed by Ignacio García. In the first part, the operetta Black, el payaso, with music by Sorozábal, shows us a character who is driven by love to deceive and lie so as to achieve a happy end. The delightful conclusion contrasts with the drama of a jealous husband -in the second part of the evening- which becomes the main theme of the piece created by Leoncavallo.


In Black, el payaso, the action takes place in Paris (France) and San Telmo (Orsonia) at an indeterminate time. During a performance of the clowns Black and White at the Teatro Alhambra of Paris, Princess Sofia and some of her entourage arrive. Black changes the programme to the surprise of White, he plays a melody on the violin which has such impact on the princess that she faints...

In I pagliacci the action takes place in Monfalto (Calabria) on the 15th of August, feast day of the Assumption, between 1865 y 1870. Tonio, a clown, appears on stage. He explains the true nature of the story which is to be performed for the audience in the theatre. It is afternoon. A group of travelling comedians arrive in the town, that night they will give a performance. At the sound of the church bells, everyone attends vespers. However Tonio takes advantage to declare his amourous feelings towards Nedda. She is the wife of Cannio, Director of the theatrical company. She rejects Tonio violently. However it will soon transpire that Nedda is, in fact, in love with another man in the town whose name is Silvio. That same day Tonio tells Canio about his wife's infidelity and he discovers the lovers. Silvio gets away without being recognised. At that moment, there is an announcement that the performance is about to begin. As the clown gets himself ready, he is beside himself with jealousy and cries bitterly...

Dates & Times

April 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2014
8 PM (Sundays, at 6 PM)

Audience days
April 16 and 23
Subscription performances
April 4, 6, 9, 11, 19, 24 and 26

Artistic Team

Music director:
Donato Renzetti (April 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19 and 20); Domenico Longo (April 23, 24, 26 and 27)
Stage director:
Ignacio García
Miguel Ángel Coso and Juan Sanz
Pepe Corzo
Francisco Ariza
Black el payaso (cast)
LA PRINCESA SOFÍA DE SUREVIA: María José Moreno (April 4, 6, 9, 11, 19, 24 and 26), María Rey-Joly (April 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27); CATALINA FEODOROVNA: Nuria García; LA CONDESA DE SARATOV: Trinidad Iglesias; BLACK: Juan Jesús Rodríguez (April 4, 9, 19 and 26), Fabián Veloz (April 6, 11, 13, 16, 20, 23, 24 and 27); WHITE: Rubén Amoretti; CARLOS DUPONT: Javier Galán; GREGORIO ZINENKO: Miguel Palenzuela; HENRY MARAT: José Manuel Montero; EL BARÓN DE ORSAVA: Miguel Sola; BAYDAROV: Jorge Merino; EL DIRECTOR DE ESCENA: Emilio Gavira
I pagliacci (cast)
NEDDA: María José Moreno (April 4, 6, 9, 11, 19, 24 and 26), María Rey-Joly (April 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27); CANIO: Jorge de León (April 4, 6, 9, 11, 19, 24 and 26), Albert Montserrat (April 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27); TONIO: Fabián Veloz (April 4, 9, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26 and 27); Juan Jesús Rodríguez (April 6, 11 and 24); PEPPE: Miguel Borrallo; SILVIO: David Menéndez (April 4, 6, 9, 11, 19 and 24), Carlos Bergasa (April 13, 16, 20, 23, 26 and 27)
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Resident orchestra of Teatro de La Zarzuela
Coro del Teatro de La Zarzuela
Antonio Fauró

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