Santuzza - Lina Bruna Rasa
Turridu - Antonio Melandri
Alfio - Alfio Poli
Pietro Mascagni - conductor
Opera Italiana d'Olanda
Dutch Royal Theater, The Hage, Holland
LIVE - 1938
Pagliacci is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the composer's only opera that is still widely performed. Opera companies have frequently staged Pagliacci with Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro 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.