Cavalleria Rusticana or Rustic Chivalry, is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. This rare and out-of-print recording from 1951 captured during a live matinee broadcast from The MET stars Zinka Milanov, Richard Tucker, Clifford Harvuot, Martha Lipton, Jean Madeira. Alberto Erede conducts.
Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It is the second opera of the trio of operas known as Il trittico. It received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918. This 1962 studio recording stars Renata Tebaldi and Giulietta Simionato. Lamberto Gardelli conducts.
Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini's Il trittico (The Triptych)-three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers.
When Il trittico premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in December 1918, Gianni Schicchi became an immediate hit. This 1962 studio recording stars Renata Tebaldi and Ferando Corena. Lamberto Gardelli conducts.