#WordWednesday: Verismo

Pagliacci Verismo_FINALVERISMO (22 Scrabble points) – Italian – Verismo literally means “realism” or “truth.” It is a genre of opera made famous by Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo in the late 19th century – think cinema’s Italian neo-realism movement, but for opera.

Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (which returns this Saturday) is part of this verismo movement in opera that centers on the romantic (and often violent) passions of ordinary men and women, as opposed to operas focusing on gods, kinds, and myths (looking at you, Wagner).

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