Giorgetta is on the deck of a barge doing domestic chores, while her husband Michele, the barge-owner, stands silently gazing at the sunset. Giorgetta offers a glass of wine all round; ... See full summary »

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Teresa Stratas ...
Giorgetta / Nedda
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Luigi
Juan Pons ...
Michele / Tonio
Florence Quivar ...
La Frugola
Federico Davià ...
Il Talpa
Charles Anthony ...
Il Tinca
Philip Creech ...
Venditore di canzonette
Yvonne Gonzales ...
Lovers
Tony Stevenson ...
Lovers
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Dwayne Croft ...
Silvio
Elijah Chester ...
Beppe (as Kenn Chester)
Glenn Bater ...
Villager
John Hanriot ...
Villager
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Giorgetta is on the deck of a barge doing domestic chores, while her husband Michele, the barge-owner, stands silently gazing at the sunset. Giorgetta offers a glass of wine all round; stevedores Luigi (tenor), Tinca (tenor) and Talpa (bass) gladly accept. Giorgetta dances with the stevedores until she realizes that Michele's behavior seems odd. La Frugola (mezzo-soprano) comes in looking for her husband, Talpa. When the men return, having finished their work, Tinca goes off to a tavern to get drunk, unhappy about his unfaithful wife. Luigi sings about the hardships of a stevedore's life, and La Frugola dreams of living in a cottage in the country. Giorgetta, on the other hand, longs for Paris, where she was born. When Luigi and Giorgetta are alone together, he tells her he is in love with her, and he would stab her to the heart than have her be with another man. They agree to meet that night and she will signal him with a lighted match when it is safe to come to the barge. Giorgetta ... Written by Anonymous

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11 April 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I have loved Pagliacci all my musical life. The most important and beautiful among the "verista" operas. In this version Pavarotti exceeds himself in drama and concentration, even though he is no match in acting to Teresa Stratas, both here make the perfect (if this is possible) performance. The conducting and the ensemble are excellent! This DVD is matched with Il Tabarro, another beautiful opera, from the maturity of Puccini. Placido Domingo joins Teresa Stratas in this violent play. Both operas were taped in a historical performance at Metropolitan Opera in New York when Stratas was in her 35th anniversary of debuting there.


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