Pagliacci and Iolanta

Washington Irving High School Auditorium

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Leoncavallo’s opera of Tonio the clown touches on betrayal; Tchaikovsky’s final opera tells of the love that heals a blind princess

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The Deal

  • $20 for one ticket to see Pagliacci and Iolanta presented by Vocal Productions NYC (up to $35 value)
  • When: select dates, November 13–23
  • Where: Washington Irving High School Auditorium
  • Section: general admission
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees


During the overture, the clown Tonio defies the closed curtain by poking out his makeup-coated face and imploring the audience to remember that actors are real people with feelings. The curtain then rises on a village, where a roving actors’ troupe prepares to stage the drama of Pagliaccio. The head of the company, Canio, professes his trust in his wife, Nedda, even as Tonio seeks to draw her astray and the villager Silvio already has. Just as the tangle of jealousies and betrayals begins to grow taut, the actors’ show begins, and a violent finale seems all but certain.


Iolanta is a princess, and was born without her sight—but she doesn’t know either of these facts. In Tchaikovsky’s final lyric opera, this sheltered heroine slowly comes to realize both while falling madly in love with the friend of her betrothed. Meanwhile, a physician arrives who promises her father, the king, that he can cure her blindness, but only if she is made aware of her condition and is psychologically prepared for the change. Amid heartfelt arias such as “Who Can Compare with My Mathilde?” and “Two Worlds,” this opera brims with love, determination, and loyalty.

Vocal Productions NYC

While both theatre and opera focus on plot and the human condition, the voice plays a central roll in the latter. That's why the voice is so revered At Vocal Productions NYC, evidenced by the company's tagline: "Where singing matters." Here, singers work alongside coaches to cultivate vocal techniques and skills such as stamina, projection, and bel canto. This supportive atmosphere encourages full development of talents—talents actors lend to productions including Don Giovanni, Ernani, and The Flying Dutchman.

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