Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera

Writers: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti Guido Menasci Pietro Mascagni

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1890
Genres
Drama, Romance
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
19th century, sicilian village
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, child, early teen, late teen characters

Synopsis

A story deeply rooted in love, betrayal, and a couple love triangles, Cavalleria Rusticana follows Turiddu and his discarded lover, Santuzza. Turiddu had returned home from military service to find that his fiancée, Lola, had married another man. In his revenge, he seduced Santuzza to make Lola jealous. Discarded, Santuzza is sorrowful and devastated as she sees Turiddu and Lola begin an affair. In a moment of jealousy, she tells Lola’s husband, Alfio, about the infidelity, but immediately regrets her actions. Alfio and Turiddu agree to a formal duel while Santuzza remains behind with Turiddu’s mother for the results. Shouts are heard, and Turiddu is announced as being killed.

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