Cavalleria Rusticana

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Pietro Mascagni


Guido Menasci


17 May 1890, Rome (Teatro Costanzi)




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About the opera Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria rusticana (en: Rustic Chivalry, Italian pronunciation: ) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
In July 1888 the Milanese music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno announced a competition open to all young Italian composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. They were invited to submit a one-act opera, of which the three best (selected by a jury of five prominent Italian critics and composers) would be staged in Rome at Sonzogno's expense.
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Roles in Cavalleria Rusticana

Santuzza Soprano
Turiddu Tenor
Lucia Contralto
Alfio Baritone
Lola Mezzo-Soprano

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Arias from Cavalleria Rusticana

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Il cavallo scalpitaCavalleria RusticanaMascagniariabaritoneItalian
2Mamma, quel vino è generosoCavalleria RusticanaMascagniariatenorItalian
3O Lola, bianca come fior di spinoCavalleria RusticanaMascagniariatenorItalian
4Voi lo sapeteCavalleria RusticanaMascagniariamezzo or sopranoItalian