Romantic Opera. Verismo – A style of opera that is distinguished by realistic, sometimes sordid or violent, depictions of contemporary everyday life; especially the life of the lower classes. Libretto- ’Story’ (text) of the opera
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To act! While out of my mind,I no longer know what I say,or what I do!And yet it's necessary... make an effort!Bah! Are you not a man?You are Pagliaccio!Put on your costume,powder your face.The people pay to be here, and they want to laugh.And if Harlequin shall steal your Columbine,laugh, Pagliaccio, so the crowd will cheer!Turn your distress and tears into jest,your pain and sobbing into a funny face - Ah!Laugh, Pagliaccio,at your broken love!Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!
Premiered on February 17, 1904
Exoticism in 2 acts
Inspiration for the movie “Fatal Attraction”
Other hits include La Boheme
Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) Soprano
B. F. Pinkerton, Lieutenant in the US Navy tenor
Synopsis (Set in Nagasaki, Japan)
Pinkerton marries the young Butterfly who is completely devoted to him
He leaves, promising to come back, but years pass, and he finds another women
He returns to Japan for his child and Butterfly, devastated, kills herself