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Mascagni, Leoncavallo

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

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Opera’s most famous operatic duo work together superbly for many reasons, not the least of which, is their double-barrel dose of hardcore erotic passion. Both were considered scandalous when they premiered, for their unabashed, gritty portrayals of love among society’s outcasts. The two literally define versimo opera. Zinka Milanov and Kurt Baum battle it out in Cavalleria Rusticana; and Mario del Monaco is the grieving clown in Pagliacci.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Apr 4, 1953

Composer

Pietro Mascagni & Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Librettist

Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, Guido Menasci, Ruggero Leoncavallo

Run Time

2 HRS 15 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus