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At The Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (CETRA 1951) July 28, 2018


Cavalleria rusticana (Italian for "rustic chivalry") is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from an 1880 short story of the same name and subsequent play by Giovanni Verga. 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.


Santuzza – Giulietta Simionato

Turiddu – Achille Braschi

Lola – Fernanda Cadoni

Alfio – Carlo Tagliabue

Mamma Lucia – Liliana Pellegrino

Arturo Basile – conductor

Recored in Turin in 1952 on CETRA


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 performed. Opera companies have frequently staged Pagliacci with Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, a double bill known colloquially as 'Cav and Pag'.

Pagliacci premiered at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan on May 21, 1892, conducted by Arturo Toscanini, with Adelina Stehle as Nedda, Fiorello Giraud as Canio, Victor Maurel as Tonio, and Mario Ancona as Silvio. Nellie Melba played Nedda in London in 1893, soon after the Italian premiere, and it was given in New York on June 15, 1893, with Agostino Montegriffo as Canio.


Nedda - Carla Gavazzi

Canio – Carlo Bergonzi

Tonio – Carlo Tagilabue

Alfredo Simonetto – conductor

Recorded in Milan in 1951 on CETRA.



8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:18 p.m.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana (CETRA 1952) BUY RAI Turin; Basile, conductor
9:00 p.m.
9:48 p.m.
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (CETRA 1951) BUY RAI Milan; Simonetto, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:09 p.m.
Verdi/Puccini: Duets and Arias BUY ; various, conductor
11:39 p.m.
Rossini: Largo al factotum Il barbiere di Siviglia BUY New Philharmonic; Edward Downes, conductor
11:44 p.m.
Rossini: Una voce poco fa Il barbiere di Siviglia 6.01 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Rossini
11:50 p.m.
Verdi: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus) Il trovatore BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Verdi

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