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Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Mascagni (Composer)

Born: 7th December 1863, Livorno, Italy

Died: 2nd August 1945, Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Pietro Mascagni was an Italian composer primarily known for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and single-handedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music. While it was often held that Mascagni, like Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was a "one-opera man" who could never repeat his first success, L'amico Fritz and Iris have remained in the repertoire in Europe (especially Italy) since their premieres.

Mascagni wrote fifteen operas, an operetta, several orchestral and vocal works, and also songs and piano music. He enjoyed immense success during his lifetime, both as a composer and conductor of his own and other people's music and created a variety of styles in his operas.

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Recording of the Week, Verismo from Domingo Hindoyan and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra and their Chief Conductor perform a selection of orchestral highlights from verismo operas, from familiar favourites to rarer gems.

Recording of the Week, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci featuring Jonas Kaufmann

Katherine enjoys a double helping of the world's top tenor as Canio and Turiddu.

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