“Cavalleria rusticana” is one of the most famous examples of verismo (from the Italian vero meaning – true, honest), an trend in Italian literature, music and art of the late 19th century.
The music of the opera is enchantingly beautiful and moving. Its bright, catchy melodies, dramatic depth and expression determined the further fate of this piece that made the composer internationally famous.
“Cavalleria rusticana” was composed for one-act opera competition announced by the Italian publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. The premiere was a great success, and after the performances in Rome the opera was soon staged in Berlin and Moscow.
This is the first time that The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera turns to the works of Pietro Mascagni.