Leoncavallo: Pagliacci premiered in Milan on May 21, 1892, with the conductor Arturo Toscanini on the podium.
In a prologue and two acts that span about an hour’s time in performance, Pagliacci tells the story of an acting troupe led by a jealous man, Canio, who is ultimately driven to murder his actress wife and her lover on stage during a performance.
Based on an actual crime, Pagliacci owes its continuing success in part to the composer’s ability to balance humour, romance, and darkly violent moods. The opera’s most-recognizable aria is the leading tenor’s aria “Vesti la giubba,” which occurs midway through the opera in which the desperate Canio muses upon the challenge of playing a comedic role while his heart is breaking.
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