Friday, October 16, 2009


Pagliacci (Players, or Clowns) is an opera consisting of a prologue and two acts written and composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It recounts the tragedy of a jealous husband in a commedia dell'arte troupe.

It is the only opera of Leoncavallo that is still widely staged. Since 1893, it has usually been performed in a double bill with Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, a pairing referred to in the operatic world colloquially as "Cav and Pag".

Pagliacci is one of the few opera's that have plenty of berets on stage (commonly it's the opera-visitors wearing the beret).

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