- Awesome Music: It's an opera, so there are many great numbers. "Vesti La Guibba" stands out in particular.
- First Installment Wins: This is the first opera produced by Leoncavello. It's also the only one that most people will actually witness a live performance of.
- Values Dissonance: It's a little harder for a modern audience to sympathize with Canio and his need to avenge his honor against being cuckolded.
- Especially since he did perform Wife Husbandry with a young starving girl