By Burton D. Fisher
An entire consultant to Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI. for every opera, the textual content positive aspects significant Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with tune spotlight Examples, whole Libretto with Italian-English translation side-by-side, Discography, Videography, and a Dictionary of Opera and Musical phrases. sixty two tune Examples.
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And at dawn this morning you were seen near Lola’s house. Turiddu: Ah! Mi hai spiato? Turiddu: You were spying on me? Santuzza: No, te lo giuro. A noi l’ha raccontato compar Alfio il marito, poco fa. Santuzza: No, I swear to you. Her husband, Alfio, just told us a little while ago. Turiddu: Così ricambi l’amor che ti porto? Vuoi che m’uccida? Turiddu: Is this how you repay my love? Do you want him to kill me? Santuzza: Oh! Questo non lo dire. Santuzza: Don’t say that. Turiddu: Lasciami dunque, lasciami; invan tenti sopire il giusto sdegno colla tua pietà.
The audience laughs, but eerily senses that Canio/Pagliaccio’s savage fury seems too realistic to be make-believe theatrical illusion. Opera Classics Library Series Page 62 Canio, now even more crazed with anguish and jealousy, again demands the name of Nedda’s lover. But now Canio vows that if she does not tell him, he will kill her. Nedda stands firm against his threat, boldly declaring that although she may be a faithless wife, she is not a coward, nor is she fearful. ” However, Nedda indeed becomes fearful as she senses Canio’s increasing fury and frenzy.
However, his magnanimity was thwarted after the defendant, in an explosive outburst of passion, came forward before the court and vowed that if the opportunity presented itself again, he would not hesitate to commit murder. Allessandro was committed to a four year jail term. After his parole, he became a gardener for a wealthy countess whom he later married, and for the rest of his life, he lived in affluence. After I Pagliacci’s premiere, Catulle Mendès, a French playwright, filed a lawsuit against Leoncavallo, alleging that the composer’s opera story plagiarized his play, La Femme du Tabarin (1887): Mendès even secured a legal injunction to stop performances of the opera.
Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Opera Classics Library Series) by Burton D. Fisher