An Extraordinary Performance
'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci'
at Arizona Opera,
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
In 1888, music publisher Edoardo Sanzogno organized a competition for one-act operas that would award stage performances to three winners. The contest was only open to composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. Pietro Mascagni and his librettists Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci did not begin to work on their entry until two months before the deadline, but they worked unceasingly and submitted their entry on the last day. There were a total of seventy-three contest entries and three of them used Giovanni Verga's story of Cavalleria Rusticana...
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