Tenor does double duty in Met HD broadcast

April 23, 2015 1:27 PM

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When the Metropolitan Opera closes out its HD broadcast season this Saturday, tenor Marcelo Alvarez will be doing double duty. In a relatively rare feat, he'll sing the leads in both halves of opera's favorite twin bill: Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci."

"Cavalleria" (which premiered in 1890) and "Pagliacci" (1892) were their composers' first operas to be produced and remain by far their most popular. Both are written in the "verismo" or realistic style, portraying love, jealousy and violence among ordinary people. Since 1893 the two short works hav...

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