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Pietro Mascagni

Publisher: Alphonse Leduc

Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1890)
Work Notes
English translation by Joseph Machlis. G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by Joseph Machlis for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Text Writer
Libretto by G. Menasci and G. Targioni-Tozzetti after G. Verga’s drama.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1 Hour 8 Minutes
English, Italian

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Programme Note
Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1890)

Cast List:
   SANTUZZA, a peasant girl: Soprano
   LUCIA, mother of Turiddu: Contralto
   ALFIO, a village teamster: Baritone
   TURIDDU, a soldier, son of Lucia: Tenor
   LOLA, wife of Alfio: Mezzo-Soprano
   Villagers and Peasants

In a small Sicilian village, Santuzza discovers that Turiddu, whose child she is bearing, has left her for Lola. Turiddu and Lola were lovers years before but now Lola is married to Alfio, the village drover. Santuzza pleads with Turiddu to return to her and when he refuses she tells Alfio of his wife’s affair. Alfio, furious and determined to protect his honour, challenges Turiddu to a dual and kills him.

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