Ep. 42 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci
Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo are arguably Opera’s most well-known double-bill. Two verismo operas, they each present an unvarnished “slice of life” in small-town Italy of the late 19th century. Direct and compressed, the stories of both operas feature lust, infidelity, merriment and murder. Cavalleria Rusticana, “Rustic Chivalry” uses splendid music to amplify human passions, particularly those of a young man and young woman who never quite become a couple. I Pagliacci tells the tale of the man behind the clown’s mask, those in his orbit, and shows the danger of believing in simple characters we see on stage. Hosted by Pat Wright and Keely Herron.