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Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Opera Classics Library by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

An entire advisor to Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI. for every opera, the textual content good points relevant Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with song spotlight Examples, entire Libretto with Italian-English translation side-by-side, Discography, Videography, and a Dictionary of Opera and Musical phrases. sixty two tune Examples.

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Nevertheless, she admits her weakness and vulnerability, and implores Silvio not to tempt her to flee. “Non mi tentar” Silvio and Nedda forego discretion and yield to their passions and the bliss of the moment. In a moment of ecstatic rapture they embrace. But they are unaware that Tonio has been spying on them, watching them, and overhearing their words of love. Tonio, seething with revenge against Nedda for spurning and lashing him, goes to fetch Canio. Meanwhile, Nedda and Silvio dream of their future together, and invoke their farewell to past unhappiness.

I saw him near my house this morning. Lucia: Come? Lucia: (surprised) What? Santuzza: Tacete! Santuzza: (to Lucia) Don’t say anything! From the church, a chorus is heart singing prayers. Alfio: Io me ne vado, ite voi altre in chiesa. Alfio: I’m leaving. Everyone go to church! As Alfio departs, the chorus from inside the church is heard singing the Regina Coeli. Cavalleria Rusticana Libretto Page 41 Coro: Regina coeli laetare. Alleluja! Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluja! Resurrexit sicut dixit.

Nedda has a rendezvous with her secret lover, Silvio, a local villager. While they are engaged in an ecstatic moment of romantic passion, Tonio, seeking revenge for Nedda’s rejection of him, brings Canio to witness his wife’s infidelity. Canio surprises the lovers, but Silvio escapes. Canio demands that Nedda reveal the name of her lover, but she refuses. Brokenhearted and despairing, he dresses for the performance that evening. In the second act, the troupe’s commedia dell’arte play is performed; its scenario mirrors the exact real-life events that took place earlier.

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