As they stand outside an opera house waiting for tardy friends in Seinfelds The Opera episode, the titular Jerry serenades gal pal Elaine with The Bugs Bunny Shows theme song This Is It. Both amused and humorously repulsed, she scoffs, It is so sad. All your knowledge of high culture comes from Bugs Bunny cartoons.
If, much like Jerry, your experiences with high art are limited (or animated) at best, then an afternoon of libretto paired with a musical score might do you some good.
Take in a double-bill matinee performance of Italian classics Cavalleria Rusticana, a tumultuous, tragic romance, and Pagliacci, the story of a calamitous clown.
Fri., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 9, 2 p.m., 2011