Opera Buffa

When Robert Swedberg, general director of Orlando Opera, chose to stage the double bill of Il Pagliacci and Carmina Burana this fall, he called LD Jules Lauve, who set out to meld the verisimo style of Il Pagliacci — a tale of murderous clowns and jealousy — with the Expressionist timelessness of the free-form drinking songs from Carmina Burana. In Swedberg's production, the show opened with a theatre usher, flashlight in hand, arriving at a bare stage from which b

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