Pagliacci

Late-romantic opera

Ruggero Leoncavallo
Composer, Librettist

Description

Pagliacci (Italian pronunciation: [paʎˈʎattʃi]; literal translation, Clowns) 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 21 May 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 15 June 1893, with Agostino Montegriffo as Canio.

Year 1892
Opening Night 1892
Time Period Late-romantic
Instrumentation Symphony orchestra, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor, Opera chorus

Scores

Paillasse
(Paris) [ca. 1907]
Leoncavallo, et al.
Paillasse
S. Schwarz (Paris) [ca. 1894]
Pagliacci.
Edoardo Sanzagno (Milano) [1892]

Videos

Pagliacci
Giancarlo del Monaco's acclaimed new production elegantly intertwines Mascagni's and Leoncavallo's well-loved operas, masterpieces which ...
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
This is a performance of "Recitar!... Vesti la giubba", from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, at a gala ...
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, Nedda! - Silvio! A quest'ora
On the eve of its 300th birthday, St. Petersburg, Russia's fabled "window to Europe", celebrates ...
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Albums

Caruso, the Early Recordings
Nimbus
Caruso
Nimbus
The Plácido Domingo Story
Deutsche Grammophon
Emilio De Gogorza (1872-1935)
Nimbus
Highlights from Prima Voce
Nimbus
Igor Gorin (1904-82): Volume 2
Nimbus
Prima Voce
Nimbus
Tito Schipa: In Opera and Song
Nimbus
Josef Metternich, Rare and Unreleased Recordings
Qualiton - Gebhardt
Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Archipel Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd
Alma Gluck, Soprano 1884 - 1922
Club 99
Franco Corelli: Verismo Arias
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Famous Opera Choruses
Arts Productions Ltd.
Great Voices Of The 20th Century - Mario Lanza
Future Noise Music Ltd.
Mario Lanza (Digitally Re-Mastered)
Techniche Label OMP
Mario Lanza: Legendary Performers
Future Noise Music Ltd.
Favourite Arias - Richard Tauber
Synergie OMP