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Laughter and Tears

August 13, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Victorian Opera returns to The Palais following The Flying Dutchman (2015), bringing the breathtaking experience of large scale opera into the superb acoustics of this iconic theatre.

In Laughter, the comical adventures of characters from the Commedia Dell’Arte unfold through a spellbinding mix of acrobatics and ancient Italian songs. Performers from Circus Oz join an ensemble of extraordinary singers to create a dream-like vision of 17th and 18th century theatre.

In Tears, the lives of the performers from Laughter unravel through a dramatic retelling of Leoncavallo’s captivating tragedy I Pagliacci. Canio’s show-stopping aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ (‘Put on the costume’) has been immortalised by some of the world’s greatest singers. Now formidable Australian tenor Rosario La Spina gives new voice to Canio and Emma Pearson, an Australian soprano taking Germany by storm, returns to play the restless Nedda. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Laughter and Tears is a co-production of Victorian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, presented in association with Circus Oz.

13, 16, 18 August 2016, 7:30pm
The Palais

$50 – $130 Concessions available

Ticketmaster 136 100


August 13, 2016
7:30 pm


Palais Theatre
St Kilda,+ Google Map