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High Notes On This Day
Not Just ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ – A Survey of Pietro Mascagni’s Other Operas
We all know “Cavalleria Rusticana,” the great masterpiece of Pietro Mascagni, who was born on Dec. 7, 1863. Unfortunately, that’s all most people in the opera world and outside of it, know about the Italian composer. It’s actually quite unfortunate, given that “Cavalleria” was his very first opera and that he would go on to write 15 total, his final one comes 45 years after “Cavalleria Rusticana.” And while some…
High Notes On This Day
On This Day: The Now-Forgotten Operas Enrico Caruso Championed
Born on Feb. 25, 1873, Enrico Caruso was arguably the most important opera singer in the entire history of the art form. Maybe only Maria Callas rivals him in putting the art form into the collective consciousness of 20th century audiences. Caruso, who was beloved for his simple nature and brilliant voice, was a man capable of selling out any house with his mere presence. This alone made him a…