The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' at the Met

April 16, 2015 10:28 PM

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In few places could you find something so quintessentially Italian as characters described as "listening every evening, hidden behind a pot of basil," or when a character is defeated in a duel and, "The blood gurgled foaming in his throat, and he could not even utter: 'Ah, mamma mia!'".

Giovanni Verga strove to capture the nitty gritty of everyday Sicilian life in his short story Cavalleria Rusticana, a work of Italian verismo, or, realism. However, a discussion of verismo in its musical incarnation would be wholly incomplete without mention of the famous duo of Cavalleria Rustican...

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