Together with Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci is considered to be the representation of musical realism. The libretto, written by Ruggero Leoncavallo himself, was based on current affairs at the time, a passionate crime which actually took place in Montalto Uffugo, a town in Calabria where the composer lived in his youth. Staged at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan on 21 May 1892 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini, the opera quickly became famous all around the world. The popular setting, where the violent feelings are represented by a convulsive vocalism, served as a backdrop to the dramatic jealousy of Canio, the manager of a travelling theatrical company. Thanks to the subtle narrative ploy of theatre within theatre, of real life which takes place within the play acted out on the stage, Leoncavallo increased the dramatic power of the plot: the demon of jealousy which devours the protagonist, an unhappy man in both real life and in fiction, can only lead to the final catastrophe, with the ruthless murder of his adulterous wife and her unfortunate lover.
NOI DUE, QUATTRO…
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In a hotel room, in a computer screen, the ideal love between a young politician and the woman of his dreams is consummated. After a trip to the depths of seduction and betrayal, the protagonist will understand, however, that she is not the one who he believed ... and that in the meantime his beloved wife is cheating on him ... What to do?
A reflection on the substance of Love laid bare by the virtuality of our time.
Opera in two acts
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Première: May 21, 1892 at Teatro dal Verme, Milan
In occasion of the 100 anniversary of Ruggero Loncavallo's death
In coproduction with the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
Noi, due, quattro...
Opera in one act
Music by Riccardo Panfili
Libretto by Elisa Fuksas
Commission of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino