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Clowning around with love

UNT Opera stages Italian double bill

The University of North Texas Opera Theatre bookends a night of music with an Italian sampler: the comic opera Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and the tragic opera Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.

The one-act operas will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lyric Theatre at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard.

Gianni Schicchi is a romp about the madcap actions of a dysfunctional family. Pagliacci is a violent story of love and revenge.

Each of the one-act operas will be performed in Italian with English supertitles, accompanied by a student chamber orchestra. The laboratory-style double bill uses minimal sets and costumes.

Tickets cost $15 at the door, and seating is general admission. For tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit

— Staff report