McVicar's choice to treat the operas as two separate pieces is interesting. Yes, they're two different pieces by two different composers, but they share multiple common themes. Pagliacci's composition was, in fact, inspired by Cavalleria.
Entitled Pergolesi in Naples, the Grammy Award winning ensemble led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan offers an evening of top-grossing hits from the early 18th Century, beginning with the Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
In setting Maria Stuarda to music, Gaetano Donizetti did some of his most beautiful writing, not just for the title character and her prevailing adversary Elizabeth I. Throughout, Donizetti also imagined any number of ensembles