Cavalleria rusticana synopsis
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci
after Giovanni Verga's play based on his story
First performed: 1890
Lola and Turridu were to be married – but Turridu was conscripted and spent some years away from the village. Lola meanwhile married Alfio – the carter and main provider for the village. Turridu has secretly resumed his relationship with Lola, though he has promised to marry Santuzza. While the village attends Easter Sunday mass, Santuzza tells Lucia, Turridu's mother, that she is pregnant with Turridu's child and that Turridu continues to sleep with Lola. Santuzza fails to confront Turridu, and his indifference provokes her to curse him. Santuzza discloses Lola and Turridu's relationship to Alfio, who resolves to revenge his honour.
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