The great tenor aria, Vesti la giubba, expresses the anguish of the cuckolded husband who, as a performing clown, must make others laugh even as his heart is breaking.
Zeffirelli’s production is set in a contemporary urban environment, with fire eaters, children, animals, jugglers and acrobats.
Plácido Domingo, showing that he is arguably the finest actor-tenor of our time, gives a definitive performance as Canio.
Recorded live at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House in November 1997.
Composed by: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Conducted by: Leonard Slatkin
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