Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana
2/20/2021, 2/23/2021, 2/26/2021, 2/28/2021
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci
Premiered May 17, 1890, Teatro Costanzi (Rome, Italy)
Mascagni's classic verismo tale shines a light on rustic life in an idyllic Sicilian village—a closer look reveals jealousy, betrayal, and secrets lurking beneath the pastoral facade. Rebuked by both the church and her lover, Turiddu, the pious Santuzza must decide whose secrets to keep. What will the consequences be for the faithless Turiddu and the adulterous Lola?