I'm going to admit something. I am ignorant. Not about everything, but I was certainly ignorant about Pagliacci. When I was a child my mom used to say "Don't play Pagliacci with me." We heard it all the time, whenever we did anything she perceived as being slick or clownish. One day I found out he was a clown. Last night I went to Educational Opera Night at the Performing Arts Center, and I found out he was a sad clown. I kinda knew that too because of Smokey Robinson's song "Tears of a Clown."
Anyway, Me & the 11 y/o went to the Opera last night and I learned so much. I heard songs that I have always heard on a quick commercial for a Pavarotti performance.
I learned about Pagliacci's story and it was educational and moving. I am very thankful for free Educational Opera Night here .