A company of sixty performers and musicians, including stars of the New York City Opera and other international companies, performs this all-new staging of Leoncavallo's most famous and popular work in the original Italian with simultaneous translation via SuperTitles. The story, set in Southern Italy, is based on actual events. With music and libretto by the composer, Pagliacci (Clowns) is a music drama of jealousy and murder that might have been ripped from today's headlines. The musical centerpiece of Pagliacci is Canio's "Vesti la giubba," the world's most famous operatic aria, and the opera's Prologue is an audience favorite worldwide. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Belleayre Festival Opera, the Community Chorale of the Catskills will join the company to perform great opera choruses from the past decade.