Thursday, Sept. 30.
The Metropolitan Opera opens with everyone's favorite pair, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, a couple of verismo gushers centering on infidelity (the thematic mainstay of all opera). Pietro Mascagni did not produce much, but he scored big with Cav. Many who do not know the complete opera would recognize the "Intermezzo" for orchestra, which divides the work, and the "Easter Hymn," a soaring and moving piece. You could do worse than to have written only Cav, and, of course, most composers have.