Music and libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Conducted by Gregory Buchalter
Directed by Jeffrey Marc Buchman

“A freshly conceived presentation of an operatic staple—an eye-filling visual delight!

Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman’s expansion of the score brings even greater entertainment value.  Limmie Pulliam was impressive and moving, and his tenor is the authentic article. Conductor Gregory Buchalter drew playing of exceptional brilliance and subtlety from the orchestra, and brought a light, deft touch to the commedia music. Opera lovers will not be disappointed!”

South Florida Classical Review


Canio’s not clowning around. His beautiful wife Nedda longs to be free of his clumsy embraces, of her life as a traveling actor, and from the advances of the vile Tonio. When Canio catches her with her lover Silvio, only the start of the troupe’s performance can stay his hand … but not for long. Leoncavallo’s gritty and gorgeous score, based on a true incident witnessed by his policeman father, culminates in one of the most famous and tragic tenor arias of all time: “Vesti la giubba,” the original “Tears of a Clown.”

Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman, on expanding Pagliacci

“I have chosen to begin our ‘show within a show’ in Act Two with a series of Neapolitan songs that create an added exploration of the dramatic content of Pagliacci and continue the arc of the story. This expansion will offer greater opportunity to immerse ourselves deep into the complexities of this tragic story and the real human emotions at its core.”

Sung in Italian with projected translations in English and Spanish.

Running time: Two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

At top: Limmie Pulliam and Robert Mellon. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.


Listen: Tales of Florida Grand Opera with Justin Moss

Episode 1 — The Once and Future Clowns

Justin and stage director Jeffrey Marc Buchman trace Florida Grand Opera’s history and future with Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s thrilling I pagliacci, from the inaugural 1942 performance of the newly-formed Opera Guild of Miami to FGO’s upcoming production of this gripping play-within-an-opera about life in a 19th-century troupe of traveling actors.

Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or Watch on YouTube

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House

Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm (PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TIME)
Tuesday, January 30 at 8:00 pm

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Au-Rene Theater

Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm

Limmie Pulliam

Limmie Pulliam


“He can roar, he can sing sweetly, and he can simmer, all the while creating a dramatically believable character.”

San Francisco Classical Voice”
Kearstin Piper Brown

Kearstin Piper Brown


“Thrilling singing!”

Opera Now

Winner of the Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Debut Performance” for the opera Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center, featured on PBS’s “Great Performances.”

Robert Mellon

Robert Mellon


“A domineering baritone, gleaming like polished copper!”

Opera News
Eleomar Cuello

Eleomar Cuello


“A performance of such musical eloquence and theatrical bravura that the audience couldn’t quite believe what we were witnessing.”

The San Francisco Chronicle


Canio — Limmie Pulliam*

Nedda — Kearstin Piper Brown*

Tonio — Robert Mellon*

Silvio — Eleomar Cuello

Beppe — Joseph McBrayer+

Natanael Leal
Glenn Moretti
Emily Ricca

Supernumerary — Joseph Canuto Leon+

Peasant #1 — Enrique Estrada

Peasant #2 — Alexander Diaz

Florida’s Singing Sons’ members
Antonio Aristizabal
Christian Burbach
Cody Cary
Giacomo Castro
Jamen Ellis
Hasan Jackasal
Mura Jean Charles
Ryan Porcile
Samuel Prieto-Bueno
Kornel Racz
Gavin Reynolds
Sterling Scott

* Florida Grand Opera debut

+ Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist

Gregory Buchalter

Gregory Buchalter

Jeffrey Marc Buchman

Jeffrey Marc Buchman


Creative Team

Conductor — Gregory Buchalter

Assistant Conductor — Marlon Daniel

Chorus Master — Jared Peroune

Florida’s Singing Sons Chorus Master — Daniel Bates

Director — Jeffrey Marc Buchman

Choreographer — Rosa Mercedes

Production — Sarasota Opera

Scenic Designer — David P. Gordon

Costume Designer — Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer — Rick Fisher

Wig and Makeup Designer — Sue Sittko Schaefer

English Titles — Karl Hesser

Spanish Titles — Dreambay Enterprises

Limmie Pulliam

The Tears of a Clown and the Realism of Florida Grand Opera’s I Pagliacci
Miami New Times tells the story of Limmie Pulliam’s journey to the operatic stage.

Young Singer From Cuba Making His Mark In the World of Opera
Miami Artzine interviews Cuban baritone Eleomar Cuello (at right) about his role.

Eleomar Cuello