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Zanetto is a sweetly moving, gorgeously scored miniature to open our double bill. It is a long way from the gritty world of Cavalleria rusticana, Mascagni's storming debut in opera; this was a composer who ranged happily across many genres in his musical journey, and Zanetto is another curiosity in his canon. It tells of an encounter between a beautiful courtesan and a young wandering minstrel, which leads to love, sacrifice and pain. The music is gentle and resonant, and there are just two singers.Music Pietro Mascagni. Lyrics Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti. Lyrics Guido Menasci (after an Italian translation by Emilio Paga of Francois Coppee's play Le Passant.
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Work type: Opera or Operetta
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