Pietro Mascagni

Biography

Born: Dec 7, 1863; Italy   Died: Aug 2, 1945; Italy   Period: Romantic
Though regarded by casual opera followers as a one-work composer, Pietro Mascagni wrote other operas of interest and some quality. Aside from Cavalleria Rusticana, the winsomely comic L'amico Fritz, the wrenchingly dramatic Iris, and Il Piccolo Marat attest to a diversity of mood and manner. Still, Mascagni's first opera was so successful that subsequent efforts simply could not equal that initial triumph. His embrace of Mussolini's Fascist Read more regime seemed self-serving during the 1920s and 1930s; at the end, it left Mascagni discredited and impoverished.
Although his parents had conceived for their son a career in law, Mascagni did receive some private training. However, when he began to study with the director of the newly formed Istituto Musicale Livornese, his father forbade further musical studies until a bachelor uncle interceded to offer young Pietro a home and means to finance his training. When Mascagni arrived at the Milan Conservatory, he remained only two years before embarking on an unsettled career as an orchestra member and occasional conductor of touring operetta companies. Upon marriage to Lina Carbognani in 1889, he settled in Puglia as a music instructor.
To a competition mounted by the music publisher Sonzogno, Mascagni submitted his third opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, in February 1890. At its Roman premiere on May 17, an unprecedented success propelled the composer from provincial hopeful to newly minted maestro. The following year, Mascagni enjoyed a more muted achievement with L'Amico Fritz. Silvano brought a return to verismo in 1895, although its reception was less positive than that accorded Iris, a substantial success in 1899 with a hyper-intense Oriental theme. Recurrently, the composer turned to themes of loss when choosing his libretti, recalling the desolation he felt at his mother's death when he was but 10 years old. An illicit relationship with Anna Lolli, begun in 1903, lasted until Mascagni's death in 1945.
Mascagni continued to compose in the new century, completing Isabeau in 1911, Parisina in 1913, Lodoletta in 1917, and Il piccolo Marat in 1921. As with the overblown Nerone, written in 1935 to please the regime, Mascagni often explored the outer limits of vocal possibility with punishing tessituras and unrelentingly high volume. He appeared occasionally as a conductor, more positively in Italy than in an ill-conceived American tour in 1902-03. Read less
Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Veronesi
Release Date: 11/17/2009   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 001356602   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi, Giordano, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo: Overtures, Intermezzos / Licata
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28440   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Cavalleria Rusticana: Brindisi

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    50 Great Arias / Jonas Kaufmann
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    The Best of Jonas Kaufmann
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 214 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
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    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64887 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 4
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    100 Best Tenor Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 242720 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 838540 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
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    Icon - Giuseppe Di Stefano - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06075 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 3
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    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Herbert Dawson,  Raffaele Arié,  Anna Maria Canali  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Nino Piccaluga
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89700 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Richard Tucker Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89699 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  Mildred Miller,  Margaret Harshaw
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    101 Opera Masterpieces, Vol. 1 [box Set]
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528671 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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    Jussi Björling
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421316 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
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    Great Tenor Arias
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82618 Release Date: 05/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7934 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    Forbidden Love / Salvatore Licitra
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    Roberto Alagna - Nessun Dorma
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