Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni , a one-act opera set in a Sicilian village, is considered to be the key works of Italian verismo, introducing contemporary characters, people with poor backgrounds and from lower social strata onto the stage. At the world premiere in Teatro Costanzi in Rome on May 17, 1890 Mascagni received endless standi...

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni , a one-act opera set in a Sicilian village, is considered to be the key works of Italian verismo, introducing contemporary characters, people with poor backgrounds and from lower social strata onto the stage. At the world premiere in Teatro Costanzi in Rome on May 17, 1890 Mascagni received endless standing ovations and Cavalleria rusticana triumphantly flew around the world. This inspired the then almost unknown Ruggiero Leoncavallo to compose an opera in the same style – and for him too the world premiere of I Pagliacci (The Clowns) in Teatro dal Verme in Milan on May 21, 1892 met  an immediate success. Common to both the titles is the topic of passionate love and deadly jealousy leading to a murder.

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