Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Famed tenor Plácido Domingo headlines an all-star ensemble including Attilio d'Orazi, Benito di Bella and Fiorenza Cossotto, in this September 5, 1976 production of two operas, mounted and performed back-to-back at the NHK Hall in Tokyo. The first, composer Pietro Mascagni's one-act Cavalleria Rusticana, stars Cossotto as Santuzza, Domingo as Turiddu and d'Orazi as Alfio. The second, composer Ruggero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, stars Domingo as Canio, Elena Mauti-Nunziata as Nedda and di Bella as Tonio. The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Union of Japan Professional Choruses and the Hibari Children's Chorus lend added musical accompaniment, under the baton of Oliviero de Fabritiis.