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Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (DVD) - Met Opera

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Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (DVD)

This historic Met performance from 1978 captures a true rarity. Plàcido Domingo sings both lead roles on the same night in operaÍs most popular double-bill. Met Music Director James Levine conducts the tenor in Franco ZeffirelliÍs classic production, opposite the superb singing actors Tatiana Troyanos, Teresa Stratas, and Sherrill Milnes.

Composers: Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo
Release Date: 2009
Conductor: James Levine

Plàcido Domingo
Tatiana Troyanos
Vern Shinall
Teresa Stratas
Sherrill Milnes

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: MOA

Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

First heard in 1892, Pagliacci is one of the defining examples of verismo, an operatic genre that aimed for a realistic approach to storytelling. The opera has become almost inseparable from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, a stylistically similar work that preceded it by two years and served as a musical and dramatic model for Leoncavallo. Combining the two as a double bill—affectionately known among opera lovers as Cav/Pag—became standard practice shortly after the Met introduced the idea in 1893.




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