Cavalleria rusticana - Teatro La Fenice


Cavalleria rusticana

Pietro Mascagni
La Fenice Opera House

The earliest operatic embodiment of the Verismo aesthetics was Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, adapted from a short story by Giovanni Verga depicting the archaic Sicilian conflict between love and jealousy, religion and macho pride, social control and violence. The plot is about humble village people: Turiddu, the lad back home from the army, his mother Lucia, his two loves Lola and Santuzza, the teamster Alfio, Lola’s vindictive husband. The melodic expression of their emotions is simple and direct: orchestral interludes and accompaniment serve to emphasize the dramatic action. The audience at the first performance at the Costanzi Theatre in Rome, May 17, 1890, loved at once the opera’s intense naturalism. None of Mascagni’s later operas had nearly the same impact.

English surtitles
La Fenice new production
with Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia

The performance lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes without interval


Santuzza Silvia Beltrami
Turiddu Jean-François Borras
Lucia Anna Malavasi
Alfio Dalibor Jenis
Lola Martina Belli


La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Conductor Donato Renzetti
Chorus master Alfonso Caiani
Director Italo Nunziata
Director assistant and Choreography movements Danilo Rubeca
Sets & Costumes Scuola di Scenografia e Costume per lo Spettacolo dell’Accademia di Belle Arti
light designer Fabio Barettin

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