Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1890),
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.
Libretto by G. Menasci and G. Targioni-Tozzetti after G. Verga’s drama.
Opera and Music Theatre
1 Hours 8 Minutes
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.