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“Laugh, Pagliaccio, and everyone will applaud”—but the laughter turns to tears as the clown becomes entangled in a fatal love triangle. A favorite of audiences since its premiere in 1892, Pagliacci’s most famous aria “Vesti la giubba” became the first recording to sell a million copies in America..


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