Notes and Editorial Reviews
Gigli, Alida Valli, Paul Hörbiger. In Italian, with English subtitles. (1942). 85m. B&W. PCM audio. DVD (all regions)
"In the compelling Ridi, pagliaccio (Laugh, pagliacci) from 1942, after hearing Gigli sing the Prologue over the titles, we see the real-life Canio come out of prison on parole after 20 years, to find his daughter adopted by a rich lady and about to marry a man of good family. He is befriended by Leoncavallo, who writes the opera based on his story; but it would spoil your enjoyment to reveal all the dramatic twists and turns. Gigli, in magnificent voice, sings not only some songs and scenes from Pagliacci, but also a lovely, melting interpretation of ‘Prendi l’anel ti dono’ from La sonnambula.
Paul Hörbiger plays the old man most affectingly. Familiar themes from the opera are woven into the soundtrack."
- International Opera Collector
Works on This Recording
I Pagliacci: Aria(s) by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Written: 1892; Italy
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