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Metropolitan Opera: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

Airs Saturday, April 25, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of the enduringly popular verismo double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The performance is led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Marcelo Álvarez stars in both operas, as the faithless Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and the heartbroken clown Canio in Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Santuzza, the wronged Sicilian heroine of Cavalleria Rusticana, and Patricia Racette is Nedda, the adulterous wife in Pagliacci. George Gagnidze also stars in both operas, singing the principal baritone roles of Alfio and Tonio, while Pagliacci also features Lucas Meachem as Silvio, Nedda’s lover. The double bill, directed by Sir David McVicar, is the Met’s final new production of the season. Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 25.