Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Vesti La Giubba" from "I Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo.

OK, let's go WAY back: This famous tenor aria was 1st performed in 1892. It ends the 1st act when Canio discovers his wife's infidelity but still has to don his clown costume and makeup - "the show must go on". Enrico Caruso's 1904 rendition was the 1st million-selling record in history. Queen used part of the melody in "It's A Hard Life" in '84 and Teddy Randazzo did a pop version in '60. Aria? Opera? Composer?

Yesterday's answer: "Act Naturally".

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