Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustican Chivalry)

an opera by Pietro Mascagni

Ancient Theatre, Monday 7th September 2020 @ 9.00 pm

(note: the date of September 8th is CANCELLED)


Cavalleria Rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. It is the first and best known Mascagni’s works. Its success has been phenomenal from its first performance in the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on May 17, 1890 until the present day. At the time of Mascagni’s death in 1945, the opera had been performed more than 14,000 times in Italy alone.

“The Teatro Illustrato invites young Italian musicians to participate in a new competition for a one-act opera.” In 1888, the publisher Sonzogno launched its second competition for young Italian composers. The winner was Pietro Mascagni with Cavalleria Rusticana, and so it was that this story of an honour killing in a Sicilian village in the late nineteenth century, from a short story of the same name by Verga, entered the operatic canon. Owing to the intense dramatic power of the score and libretto, the opera quickly became recognised as a manifesto of Italian verism.


TICKETS on ticketone

Cavea – sector 4, lower part > € 57,00
Cavea – sector 4, upper part > € 52,00

Cavea – sector 5, lower part > € 52,00
Cavea – sector 5, upper part > € 42,00

Cavea – sector 6, lower part > € 37,00
Cavea – sector 6, upper part > € 32,00

Cavea – sector 7, lower part > € 27,00
Cavea – sector 7, upper part > € 22,00



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