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At The Opera, Cavalleria Rusiticana and Pagliacci, May 11, 2019


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 – Maria Callas

Turiddu – Giuseppe Di Stefano

Alfio – Rolondo Panerai

La Scala Opera

Tullio Serafin – conductor

EMI 1960


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.


Canio – Franco Corelli

Nedda – Lucine Amara

Tonio – Tito Gobbi

La Scala Opera

Lovro von Matacic – conductor

EMI - 1961



8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:17 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana BUY La Scala; Tullio Serafin, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:04 p.m.
Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci BUY La Scala; Lovro von Matacic, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:25 p.m.
Puccini: Vissi d'arte from Tosca BUY ; Solti, conductor
11:29 p.m.
Verdi: Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore BUY ; Solti, conductor
11:32 p.m.
Catalani: La wally BUY from Essential Opera; composed by Catalani
11:37 p.m.
Puccini: Che gelida manina from La boheme BUY from Essential Opera; composed by Puccini
11:41 p.m.
Mozart: Voi che sapete BUY ; Solti, conductor
11:44 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto quartet BUY from Essential Opera; composed by Verdi
11:48 p.m.
Rossini: Largo al Factotum BUY from Essential Opera; composed by Rossini

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