Pagliacci/Carmina Burana at Hawaii Opera Theater

Pairing Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" with Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" was a stroke of genius.

The world had become so used to "Cav & Pag" (the century-old pairing of Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" with "Pagliacci") that audiences had stopped thinking about either work in any depth. Together, they were the conventional, static example of late-19th-century "verismo."

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