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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