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Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci DVD (Zeffirelli film)

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The great Italian stage and screen director Franco Zeffirelli made these highly acclaimed films, both starring Plácido Domingo, with Georges Prêtre conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Pagliacci, which co-stars the great singing actress Teresa Stratas, brought Zeffirelli the coveted Emmy as Best Director in the category of Classical Music Programming. Cavalleria rusticanawas filmed on location in Sicily, which adds immeasurably to the power and atmosphere of this timeless story of love, honour, justice and violence.

Cavalleria rusticana
Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Santuzza: Elena Obraztsova
Turiddu: Plácido Domingo
Lucia: Fedora Barbieri
Alfio: Renato Bruson
Lola: Axelle Gall 

Pagliacci
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canio: Plácido Domingo
Nedda: Teresa Stratas
Tonio: Juan Pons
Beppe: Florindo Andreolli
Silvo: Alberto Rinaldi
Two villagers: Alfredo Pistone and Ivan del Manto

Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Concert Master:  Romano Gandolfi
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Set designs: Gianni Quaranta
Costume designs: Anna Anni 

Picture: 4:3
Sound: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Running time: 140 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/CH
Year: 1984/85