Send in the ‘Clowns’ for Coney Island beach opera

April 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

An opera about Coney Island is coming home.

A small opera company has reset Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” in Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade – and now producers are hoping to bring it to the storied Boardwalk.

“It belongs in Coney Island because that was the inspiration,” said Darcia Parada, artistic director of Mercury Opera.

Parada first staged her Coney-centric opera to rave reviews in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, last summer. Now she’s working to bring the show to Brooklyn for a three-week run in a massive tent just off the beach for summer 2010.

“I’d love to put it on the sand, but I don’t know if that’s a possibility,” said Parada, who is even considering the parking lot next to KeySpan Park.

“People in Canada ate it up,” she added. “It’s almost like a trailer about what is fantastic about New York City.”

Traditionally, the opera “Pagliacci” – which means “Clowns” in Italian – spins the tale of a love triangle involving a clown troupe passing through a small Calabrian village.

For Parada, the action is set in modern-day Coney Island.

Parada’s troupe is a group of performers with a float in the Mermaid Parade.

“The chorus is dressed like they are beachgoers,” Parada said.

The opera’s main love interest, Silvio, is a delivery boy for Coney Island’s famous pizzeria Totonno’s.

The leading lady, Nedda, pulls a knife from her beach basket instead of yanking a whip off a donkey cart to fend off unwanted advances.

“Coney Island is full of treasures and history,” said Parada. “It’s spectacular, it has amazing sunsets – and Totonno’s really has great pizza.”

BY Elizabeth Hays
Daily News

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