19 February: Cavalleria rusticana


“Cavalleria rusticana” is one of the most famous works of verismo (from the Italian word vero - true, truthful), an artistic trend in Italian literature, music and art of the late 19th century. The dramatic depth and expression determined the fate of the opera, which made Mascagni famous worldwide. 

The libretto is based on a short story about passion, jealousy, revenge, betrayal and repentance. A swift avalanche of events, a premonition of a catastrophe and an interruption of action at a bloody denouement - an electrified story unfolds in one day. Bright, catchy melodies, ensemble scenes full of sharp drama and at the same time a compact format convenient for listeners, in which there is no place for long arias and duets.

The artistic director of the theatre Yuri Alexandrov dreamed about this work for a long time: a bright material that requires a great energy surge from young performers. “Cavalleria rusticana” is about a false understanding of the feeling of freedom. A person thinks that he can easily forget about his obligations to his family, spouse, and child. As a result, freedom does not bring anything, but only destroys... Today, young people quickly marry, quickly break up, and there are many problems with the main treasure of life - the family ...”, - says Yuri Alexandrov.

The performance was awarded the “Golden Sofit”, the highest theatre prize of St. Petersburg.


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