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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Plácido Domingo, Veronica Villarroel, Franco Zeffirelli production / Leonard Slatkin [DVD]

Album Summary

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leoncavallo's often-performed short opera uses the play-within-a play device to explore the classic operatic themes of passion, adultery, jealousy and revenge.

The great tenor aria, Vesti la giubba, expresses the anguish of the cuckolded husband who, as a performing clown, must make others laugh even as his heart is breaking.

Zeffirelli's production is set in a contemporary urban environment, with fire eaters, children, animals, jugglers and acrobats.

Plácido Domingo, showing that he is arguably the finest actor-tenor of our time, gives a definitive performance as Canio.

Recorded live at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House in November 1997.



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Works Details

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Veronica Villarroel
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Washington National Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio