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Articles tagged with "Ruggero Leoncavallo"

A three-course meal: Puccini’s Il trittico and the tradition of piecing short operas together

19 February 2016

Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.

Recommended Recordings: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

10 December 2015

With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's operas on offer, how do you choose between them?

A happy marriage despite a fiery courtship: Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

2 December 2015

Fierce competition may have fuelled the composition of these two operas, but together they now make one of opera’s most popular couplings.

Pagliacci Musical Highlight: ‘Vesti la giubba’

27 November 2015

In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.

Opera Essentials: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

20 November 2015

Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

When behind the scenes becomes centre stage in opera and ballet

6 May 2015

Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!

A blanket term misused: What is (and isn’t) verismo?

15 January 2015

Operas about ‘real people’ and verismo operas are not always the same thing.