Salt Marsh Opera presents 'Pagliacci' in Old Saybrook, in Westerly

All those true crime shows, books and podcasts have nothing on "Pagliacci."

Ditto for "Pagliacci" and the murderous clown legacy ranging from "It" to "Joker."

The critically honored and wildly popular Leoncavallo opera, about a brokenhearted clown who becomes enraged by his wife's infidelity, features building tension and lovely and dramatic music, and Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti are just two of opera's renowned tenors who've succeeded mightily in the role of Canio the clown.

The beloved local company Salt Marsh Opera brings "Pagliacci" to area stages for four performances. On Friday and Saturday, they'll be at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook before moving to Westerly's George Kent Performance Hall for in-the-round dates on Oct. 19 and 20.

Under the vision of Salt Marsh's artistic director, Simon Holt, "Pagliacci" features tenor Benjamin Werley as Canio; soprano Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr as Neda; baritone Eric McKeever as Tonio; baritone Andrew Thomas Pardini as Silvio; and tenor K'idar Miller as Beppe.

"Pagliacci," Salt Marsh Opera, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $55-$65; (860) 535-3456, saltmarshopera.org; also at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20, George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly; (860) 535-3456, saltmarshopera.org.

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