Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Sep. 26, 1994)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini & Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami & Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Levine; Stratas, Domingo, Pavarotti, Pons
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
This remarkable video features two of opera’s greatest tenors—Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti—and the legendary singing actress Teresa Stratas, all conducted by the incomparable James Levine in a production by Franco Zeffirelli. Domingo stars as Luigi, the doomed lover of Giorgetta (Stratas), in Il Tabarro, Puccini’s dark tale of revenge. Juan Pons is Michele, Giorgetta’s husband, whose discovery of his wife’s affair leads to murder. Pavarotti sings the iconic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Leoncavallo’s blazing drama in which theater and real life collide violently. Stratas is Canio’s freedom-loving wife Nedda, who plans to run away with her lover Silvio (Dwayne Croft), only to be betrayed by her jealous admirer Tonio (Juan Pons)—again, with murderous consequences.