Notes and Editorial 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.
Running Time: 79 minutes
Format: NTSC, 4.3 Full Screen, Dolby 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish Read less
Works on This Recording
I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Manuel Lanza (Tenor),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Verónica Villarroel (Soprano),
David Cangelosi (Tenor),
Gregory Yurisich (Bass Baritone)
Washington National Opera Orchestra,
Washington National Opera Chorus
Written: 1892; Italy
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