The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host a special showing of the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on Monday, January 7,  at 1:45 pm in room 108 B. Cavalleria Rusticana (Italian for “rustic chivalry”) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from an 1880 short story of the same name and subsequent play by Giovanni Verga. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. 

Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Pagliacci (literal translation, “Clowns”) is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still widely performed. Pagliacci premiered at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan on May 21, 1892, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. 

This is a free program and light refreshments will be provided during the intermission for guests.

For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, visit or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275 x2623 and email at 

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