Director: Peter McClintock
Nedda: Ailyn Pérez
Silvio: Lucas Meachem
Tonio: Quinn Kelsey
Beppe: Eric Ferring
You can see this cast of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci from the Lyric Opera of Chicago is impressive. This copy has no subtitles in any language, so I have to rely on memory.
My memory, such as it is, tells me that this is the opera where they say "a venti-tre ore." Venti-tre is 23, so that means all are invited to a circus performance that begins at 11 pm. In Italy they might actually do this. They have dinner at 8 or 9 pm and go on from there. The American translations usually pretend it's earlier.
However, this is regie and the things going on have little to do with the original plot. Here our theatrical troop is the cast of the TV show The Honeymooners. It might very well be playing at 11 pm. They give out Pagliacci t-shirts to the chorus/audience.
Nedda, wife of Canio in both show and life, is tired of her husband and has become interested in Silvio, apparently a stagehand. She sings about this. The beautifull sung prologue is outside the Lyric Opera, and subsequent scenes are inside. Nedda sings in the wings next to the cables to draw the scenery. It's show business. Tonio wants her too. He goes after her and she hits him with her purse.
The second act is the comedy. This is the Kramdens from the Honeymooners, apparently. Forties/fifties furniture and clothing. It's also in black and white like the TV show. Adorable. I believe Ralph was also a bus driver. I have to say this concept completely works. When the camera shows the stage and the wings, the color comes back.
These are all wonderful singing actors who bring this all to life. I'm a Quinn fan and enjoy his work here, but his part is not large. There is an argument on the internet over who gets to say the final line. Apparently, in the score it is Canio who has just stabbed two people. But here it is Tonio who plays Ed Norton. "La comedia e finita.?
If you can find it, watch it.