P.Masgcani "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Rustic Chivalry)
"Oh! il Signore vi manda, compar Alfio!"
Based on New York, Metropolitan Opera Performance on 05/04/1978
Production - Franco Zeffirelli
Conductor - James Levine
Santuzza - Tatiana Troyanos
Triddu - Placido Domingo
Mamma Lucia - Jean Kraft
Alfio - Vern Shinall
Lola - Isola Jones
- Special thanks to Andrea585ny for her continuous help.
A Sicilian village, c. 1890. Early on Easter morning, Turiddu sings about his former beloved, Lola, now the wife of a wine carter, Alfio. As the town stirs, Santuzza, Turiddu's neglected sweetheart, comes looking for the handsome youth at the tavern of his mother, Lucia. The girl reveals she has been excommunicated, but before she can explain why, Alfio comes by with friends, boasting about his pretty young wife. A religious procession fills the square and enters the church for mass, leaving Santuzza to tell Mamma Lucia that Turiddu has taken up with Lola again. When the old woman has gone to mass, Santuzza confronts Turiddu with his betrayal. Lola passes by, and Turiddu follows her into church. Santuzza hurls a curse after him, then, consumed by jealousy, tells Alfio of Lola's infidelity. Santuzza immediately feels remorse, but the damage is done.
When the mass ends, Turiddu and the villagers drink wine, after which Alfio insults Turiddu, who accepts a challenge to duel with knives in a nearby orchard. He begs his mother to take care of Santuzza if he does not return. As Mamma Lucia and Santuzza wait anxiously, shouts rise in the distance. A woman stumbles in crying Turiddu has been killed.