Razor-sharp and raw, this verismo thriller made its 26-year-old composer famous overnight. Majestically-voiced artist Dolora Zajick (hailed for her deeply moving portrayal of the grieving mother in last season’s An American Tragedy) sings the role of the hot-blooded Santuzza.
Generations of top tenors have lined up to sing the role of Canio, the tragic clown, and his famous arioso, “Vesti la giubba”. The dynamic Salvatore Licitra sings the role for the first time at The Met. Lado Ataneli sings the role of Tonio. Marco Armiliato conducts.
SALVATORE LICITRA to Sing Lead Tenor Roles in Cavalleria and Pagliacci
January 25, 2007
Tenor Salvatore Licitra sang his first-ever Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the Met earlier this season. Now he notches another milestone, also taking on Turridu, the lead tenor role in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana for the performance of the double-bill on Friday, January 26. Only five other artists in Met history -- Thomas Salignac, Frederick Jagel, Kurt Baum, Plácido Domingo, and Ermanno Mauro -- have sung both roles in a single performance. Licitra replaces Frank Porretta, who is ill.