Franco Zeffirelli directs these two legendary La Scala productions telling tragic tales of jealousy. Mascagni'sCavalleria Rusticanafeatures performances by Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson. Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci stars Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, and Juan Pons. Both are conducted by George Pretre.
This production of Pagliacci earned director Franco Zeffirelli the coveted Emmy as Best Director in the category of Classical Music Programming.