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LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci - Trailer [2019 - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]

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Premièred on 21 May 1892 at Milan’s Teatro Dal Verme under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, "Pagliacci" was an immediate success, and today it remains Leoncavallo’s best known opera, just as "Vesti la giubba" is perhaps one of the most famous operatic arias of all time.

The composer drew inspiration from a real incident that had occurred in a Calabrian town, an incident steeped in love and death, which inspired him to write his personal contribution to the new stylistic-aesthetic trend in Italian opera. In the Prologue, Leoncavallo inserted a clear manifesto on verismo (real theatre). His aim was to “paint a scene from real life” and since “the artist is a person, […] he should write for the people. Therefore, he took inspiration from real life.”

In the story of Nedda, Tonio and Canio we therefore find a well managed mix of art and reality, operatic theatre and life, with the latter almost superseding the former, to the extent that the chorus exclaims towards the end: “This scene seems so real!”

This production, recorded at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in September 2019, was critically acclaimed. Conductor Valerio Galli “reads the score with the proper technique, succeeding
in enhancing all the various shades for each scene … Pagliacci is conducted with passion… with a careful eye for the dramatic development of the story, and the sound is rendered with a variety of shades and colours.” (connessiallopera.it)

Dramma lirico in two acts
Libretto by
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Conductor: Valerio Galli
Orchestra, Coro e Coro delle voci bianche del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Chorus master: Lorenzo Fratini

Directors: Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazzi
Set Designer: Federica Parolini
Costume Designer: Agnese Rabatti
Light Designer: Luigi Biondi
Venue: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Nedda / Colombina : Valeria Sepe
Canio / Pagliaccio: Angelo Villari
Tonio / Taddeo: Devid Cecconi
Peppe / Arlecchino: Matteo Mezzaro
Silvio: Leon Kim
A villager: Vito Luciano Roberti
Another villager: Leonardo Melani
Extras:: Elena Barsotti, Gaia Mazzeranghi, Erika Melli
Jane Tayar, Paolo Arcangeli, Cristiano Colangelo,
Pierangelo Preziosa, Davide Riminucci

Produced by DYNAMIC SRL Italy
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Available on DVD, BLURAY.
Audio recording available digitally. : CD: 7863
DVD: 37863 (1DVD)
BLURAY: 57863 (1 Blu-ray)

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