Pagliacci & Carmina Burana

April 27 & 29, 2012This very special double-bill begins with Pagliacci, one of opera’s most powerful stories of the overwhelming jealousy and its lethal passion, which features the heartbreaking aria “Vesti la giubba.”  Our special pairing will conclude with Orff’s celebration of life – Carmina Burana, in its premiere production by the New Orleans Opera.  The award-winning New Orleans Ballet Theatre (2010 Big Easy awards for “Best Contemporary Choreography” and “Best Classical Performance”) will dance to this powerful rhythmic and passionate music, joining the combined choral forces of the New Orleans Opera Chorus, Loyola University Chorus and the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale (NOVA) to make this Carmina Burana unlike any one you have ever seen!

Dates: Friday, April 27th, 2012 – 8pm
Sunday, April 29th, 2012 – 2:30pm

Place: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Nuts & Bolts Lecture: One hour prior to curtain at the theater.
Dr. Meg Frazier – Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music, Loyola University New Orleans & Artistic Director and Conductor, NOVA (New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale)

Gregory Schramel – Artistic Director, New Orleans Ballet Theater

Marjorie Hardwick Schramel – Associate Director, New Orleans Ballet Theater

Director / Conductor: Robert Lyall
Director / Choreographer: Gregory Schramel


Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Nedda: Inna Dukach
Tonio: Mark Rucker
Silvio: David Adam Moore
Beppe: Matthew DiBattista

Composer / Librettist: Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Before the opera begins, the clown Tonio steps before the curtain to say that the author has written about actors, who know the same joys and sorrows as other people.

PART I. Southern Italy, around 1865-70. Excited villagers mill about as a small theatrical road company arrives at the outskirts of a Calabrian town. Canio, head of the troupe, describes that night’s offering, and when someone jokingly suggests that the hunchback Tonio is secretly enamored of his young wife, Canio warns he will tolerate no flirting with Nedda. (more)

Carmina Burana

Sung in Latin, Middle High German and Old Provençal with English supertitles.

Soprano Soloist:  Inna Dukach
Baritone Soloist: David Adam Moore
Tenor Soloist: Matthew DiBattista

Composer: Carl Orff
Librettist: Michel Hofmann and Carl Orff

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A large, extraordinary collection of medieval poetry came to light in 1803 at the southern Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuern. This collection of 320 poems, known as Carmina Burana or “Songs of Benediktbeuern,”dates back to about AD 1230, and includes four basic categories of poems. (more)


Support provided by

Lois & Lloyd Hawkins, Jr. Foundation
Mrs. Xenia Krinitzky Roff



The Selley Foundation