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3. Title: Vesti la giubba (Put on the Costume) Opera: Pagliacci  by Ruggero Leoncavallo (music and libretto)  The role of Canio is performed by a tenor. This opera reached number 20 on the list of the most performed operas worldwide (2011/12).  It is very often combined with another shorter production, namely Cavalleria Rusticana and presented as a double bill. Pagliacci is based on the idea of a play within a play, where real events mirror the ones presented in the “pretend” show and become tragically intertwined in the end. The action takes place in Calabria (Italy) around 1870. Here both the young, beautiful heroine and her lover are murdered by her husband, the melancholic, yet rather brutal clown Canio/Pagliaccio. This all happens in the middle of a live performance held for the villagers. Now can you imagine anything scarier than a big-ass clown going ballistic and running around stabbing people with great gusto? I bet you will think twice now before ever offending one of those, right?  Some of the most notable performances by:  - Luciano Pavarotti:  - Jose Carreras:  - Mario Del Monaco:  4. Title: Ebben? Ne andro lontana (Well, then? I’ll go far away) Opera: La Wally  by Alfredo Catalani (libretto Luigi Illica) The role of Wally is sung by a soprano. La Wally is one of the best examples of the international flare of opera, as it is a Tyrolean (so located in Austria) tale, complete with some yodeling, presented all in Italian. And based on the successful novel by a German (Wilhelmine von Hillern to be exact) called “The Vulture-Wally: a Story from the Tyrolean Alps”. And some say that the European Union is a big disaster. Clearly the idea of cultural unity was  working splendidly already in the late 19th century! The story is set in Tyrol around 1800. After many complications and a minor homicide attempt, the heroine finally witnesses her heartthrob admit his undying love for her. Unfortunately the timing is not ideal, as only a little while later he is swept away by an avalanche. No doubt finding that this turn of events less than joyful, Wally promptly follows him by jumping into the above mentioned avalanche.  Some of the most distinguished divas in this role include:  - Renata Tebaldi:  - Renee Fleming:  - Montserrat Caballe :  5. Title: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Yes. They call me Mimi) Opera: La Boheme  by Giacomo Puccini (libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa) The role of Mimi is sung by a soprano.  It is the second most performed opera in the world (season 2011/12).  An interesting piece of trivia about La Boheme: both female roles (Mimi and Musetta) are sopranos, which is not nearly as common as having a mezzo-soprano alongside the leading lady. In fact Musetta’s Waltz (Quando me’n vo) is another very well known aria from this opera. It is not at all unusual for the same artist to have played both Mimi and Musetta at one time or another. This opera is based on a novel by Henri Murger called “Scenes de la vie de boheme”. However, Puccini’s work is not the only opera by this title in existence: Ruggiero Leoncavallo created one inspired by the same  writer, only his met with a much more limited success. The action takes place in Paris around 1830. Compared to our other heroines, Mimi’s passing can almost be described as peaceful. After being reunited with her one true love Rodolfo, she dies quietly and with great dignity, courtesy of tuberculosis, a.k.a. every girl’s worst nightmare in those days. Each time an author was striving to find a plausible, tragic, sudden and respectable cause of death, consumption usually came to mind. Literary, theatrical and operatic protagonists everywhere were dropping from it by the dozens! I say the writers simply ran out of imaginative ways to dispose of their characters and got lazy. Now isn’t it much more  intriguing if the girl is kidnapped by a dragon or eaten by a motorcycle-riding gang of evil gnomes?  Best performances delivered by:  - Anna Moffo:  - Mirella Freni:  - Anna Netrebko: 
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3. Title: Vesti la giubba (Put on the  Costume) Opera: Pagliacci  by Ruggero Leoncavallo  (music and libretto)  The role of Canio is  performed by a tenor. This opera reached number 20 on the list of the most performed operas worldwide (2011/12).  It is very often combined with another shorter production, namely Cavalleria Rusticana and presented as a double bill. Pagliacci is based on the idea of a play within a play, where real events mirror the ones presented in the “pretend” show and become tragically intertwined in the end. The action takes place in Calabria (Italy) around  1870. Here both the young, beautiful heroine and her lover are murdered by her husband, the melancholic, yet rather brutal clown Canio/Pagliaccio. This all happens in the middle of a live performance held for the villagers. Now can you imagine anything scarier than a big-ass clown going ballistic and running around stabbing people with great gusto? I bet you will think twice now before ever offending one of  those, right?  Some of the most notable performances by:  - Luciano Pavarotti:  - Jose Carreras:  - Mario Del Monaco:  4. Title: Ebben? Ne andro lontana  (Well, then? I’ll go far away) Opera: La Wally  by Alfredo Catalani (libretto Luigi Illica) The role of Wally is sung by a soprano. La Wally is one of the best examples of the international flare of opera, as it is a Tyrolean (so located in Austria) tale, complete with some yodeling, presented all in Italian. And based on the successful novel by a German (Wilhelmine von Hillern to be exact) called “The Vulture-Wally: a Story from the Tyrolean Alps”. And some say that the European Union is a big disaster. Clearly the idea of  cultural unity was  working splendidly already in  the late 19th century! The story is set in Tyrol around 1800. After many complications and a minor homicide attempt, the heroine finally witnesses her heartthrob admit his undying love for her. Unfortunately the timing is not ideal, as only a little while later he is swept away by an avalanche. No doubt finding that this turn of events less than joyful, Wally promptly follows him by jumping into the above mentioned avalanche.  Some of the most distinguished divas in this role  include:  - Renata Tebaldi:  - Renee Fleming:  - Montserrat Caballe :  5. Title: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Yes.  They call me Mimi) Opera: La Boheme  by Giacomo Puccini (libretto by Luigi Illica and  Giuseppe Giacosa) The role of Mimi is sung by a soprano.  It is the second most performed opera in the  world (season 2011/12).  An interesting piece of trivia about La Boheme: both female roles (Mimi and Musetta) are sopranos, which is not nearly as common as having a mezzo-soprano alongside the leading lady. In fact Musetta’s Waltz (Quando me’n vo) is another very well known aria from this opera. It is not at all unusual for the same artist to have played both Mimi and Musetta at one time or  another. This opera is based on a novel by Henri Murger called “Scenes de la vie de boheme”. However, Puccini’s work is not the only opera by this title in existence: Ruggiero Leoncavallo created one  inspired by the same writer, only his met with a  much more limited success. The action takes place in Paris around 1830. Compared to our other heroines, Mimi’s passing can almost be described as peaceful. After being reunited with her one true love Rodolfo, she dies quietly and with great dignity, courtesy of tuberculosis, a.k.a. every girl’s worst nightmare in those days. Each time an author was striving to find a plausible, tragic, sudden and respectable cause of death, consumption usually came to mind. Literary, theatrical and operatic protagonists everywhere were dropping from it by the dozens! I say the writers simply ran out of imaginative ways to dispose of their characters  and got lazy. Now isn’t it much more intriguing if  the girl is kidnapped by a dragon or eaten by a  motorcycle-riding gang of evil gnomes?  Best performances delivered by:  - Anna Moffo:  - Mirella Freni:  - Anna Netrebko: 
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