April 27 & 29, 2012

Pagliacci / Carmina Burana

Friday, April 27, 2012 – 8pm
Sunday, April 29, 2012 – 2:30pm
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Learn more about Pagliacci / Carmina Burana from the cast and conductors.  Opera Orientation and Round Table on April 22, 2012.

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to listen to an interview with soprano Inna Dukach.

Click here to listen to an interview with baritone David Adam Moore.


Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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

Composer / Librettist: Ruggero Leoncavallo


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

A behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration between New Orleans Opera Association and New Orleans Ballet Theatre for their exciting upcoming production of 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


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