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Orlando Opera Prepares For Spring Performance Of Pulcinella & Pagliacci

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Clinton Smith (l) and Octavio Cardenas. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Opera Orlando is rehearsing for its spring performance. The opera company is pairing Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in collaboration with the Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Phantasmagoria.

Stage Director Octavio Cardenas and conductor Clinton Smith join Intersection for a conversation about how they are putting together this opera within an opera.

“This is an opera in the style of ‘verismo’, says Cardenas.

“In this opera there are no kings, queens, gods, heros. These are real people, and actually the opera is based on a real crime.”

This opera is also a reunion for Cardenas, Smith and Opera Orlando’s Artistic Director Gabriel Preisser.

“Octavio and Gabe and I were all young artists at Minnesota Opera for a number of years,” says Smith.

“It was sort of a formative period for us,” he says.

Pagliacci / Pulcinella runs from March 22-26 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »