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At the Opera - 1/5/13 - Operatic Triple-Bill - Mascagni/Leoncavallo/Puccini: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi


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.

Pagliacci is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still widely staged. Pagliacci premiered at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan on May 21, 1892, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This 1960 recording stars Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano. Tullio Serafin 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, 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. The aria "O mio babbino caro" is one of Puccini's best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera. This 1962 recording stars Fernando Corena and Renata Tebaldi. Lamberto Gardelli conducts.

 
Saturday, January 05, 2013

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:07p
Mascagni / Leoncavallo: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci ; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
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10:55p
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi ; Gardelli, conductor; Label: Decca FindBUY
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11:46p
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca: Tre Sbirri (Te Deum) - n/a; n/a, conductor; Pasquale Amato; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:51p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:55p
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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