The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 19, Episode 1

Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (26 Sep. 1994)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (original title)

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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; ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Teresa Stratas ...
Giorgetta / Nedda
Juan Pons ...
Michele / Tonio
Florence Quivar ...
La Frugola
Federico Davia ...
Il Talpa
Charles Anthony ...
Il Tinca
Philip Creech ...
Venditore di canzonette
Yvonne Gonzales ...
Tony Stevenson ...
Dwayne Croft ...
Beppe (as Kenn Chester)
Glenn Bater ...
John Hanriot ...
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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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An operatic diamond cast in the heat of its own passion
28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A special Metropolitan Opera performance, this is probably the least well-known of Puccini's Il Trittico. It's a straightforward Verismo opera (i.e. imagine a feature-length soap opera episode) set on a barge. It involves two men fighting over a woman.

Although this sounds like almost any other opera plot, Puccini's taught, flaringly passionate score and a no-nonsense realist production give three world-class singers a platform to create coruscating drama. There's not a man on earth who'd pick a fight with Domingo in the middle of his central aria, roaring with passion and gripping a knife. Stratas, as only she can, plays a woman, not a girl - a peer to the circumstances of the men rather than their chip for betting against failure and isolation. Juan Pons is as chilling in his resolve as in Domingo's fury.

The whole thing comes in a double bill with Pavarotti singing Pagliacci. James Levine conducts everything at full steam. The premium operatic experience. 8/10

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