Leoncavallo - Pagliacci - Del Monaco, MacNeil, Cannarile, Borgonovo; Bonavolantà. Napoli, 1974
Listen to a Sample:
- Despite its sound limitations, this red-hot performance delivers the kind of thrilling singing that makes verismo so impactful.
- Canio was a role that was perfect for the voice and temperament of Mario Del Monaco. He combines scorched-earth intensity with super-human top notes.
- Cornell MacNeil is well-paired with Del Monaco matchining his intensity and vocal beauty.
- For some odd reason the chorus does not appear in the second act. It begins with the commedia and all of the chorus cues are missing.