Chival Rivalry at Metropolitan Opera Metplayer – synopsis
Composer and librettist
Music: Pietro Mascagni|Lyrics: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, after a play by Giovanni Vergas.
First performance 17 maj år 1890 at Teatro Costanzi, in Roma. Seen the performance at Metplayer Synopsis is taken fromMetropolitan Opera
Easter dawns in a Sicilian village. Turiddu is heard in the distance singing about Lola, wife of the prosperous carter Alfio (“O Lola, ch’ai di latti la cammisa”). Townsfolk and fieldworkers stroll across the piazza. Santuzza, a peasant girl, approaches Mamma Lucia’s tavern looking for her son Turiddu. The old woman says he is away buying wine. Alfio arrives with his friends, boasting of his horses-and of his new wife, Lola (“Il cavallo scalpita”). He leaves as the villagers follow a procession to mass. Santuzza, who is unwilling to enter the church, stays behind to tell Mamma Lucia that Turiddu has abandoned her for his former lover, Lola (“Voi lo sapete”).
After the old woman has left for mass, Santuzza confronts Turiddu (Duet: “Tu qui, Santuzza?”). Lola walks by, infuriating Santuzza with her arrogant behavior, then enters the church. Santuzza resumes her pleading with Turiddu, but he refuses to listen. Pushing her to the ground, he runs into the church. Santuzza curses him. When Alfio arrives, Santuzza reveals that his wife has been cheating on him. Alfio swears to get even and rushes off, followed by the now conscience-stricken Santuzza.
The villagers exit the church and join Turiddu in a drinking song, but the atmosphere becomes tense when Alfio appears, insulting Turiddu and challenging him to a knife fight. Turiddu admits his guilt but will go through with the fight, for Santuzza’s sake as well as for honor. Alone with his mother, Turiddu thanks her for the wine and begs her to take care of Santuzza if he doesn’t come back (“Mamma, quel vino”). As Mamma Lucia waits anxiously in the piazza, shouts are heard in the distance. A woman runs in screaming that Turiddu has been killed.