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Music by Pietro Mascagani with Libretto by G.Targioni and G.Menasci after a story by G.Verga

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


It is Easter Day in a Sicilian village and the townsfolk are gathering at the Church for Mass. Santuzza is trying to discover from Lucia the whereabouts of Turiddu, her former lover, who has now deserted her for Lola. Lucia tells Santuzza that Turiddu is away buying wine but Santuzza knows differently and tells Lucia about her son’s secret liasons with Lola. Before he left to serve in the army, Turiddu was in love with Lola but, unable to wait for his return, she married Alfio. With Lola unavailable, Turiddu turned his attentions to Santuzza until the jealous Lola lured him back to her. When Santuzza accuses Turiddu of infidelity, he denies it. They quarrel violently and Santuzza is hurled to the ground as Turiddu angrily rushes past her into the Church. In her fury, Santuzza tells Alfio of Lola’s deception, realising too late the consequences of her words. Without delay Alfio challenges Turiddu to a duel which he accepts. Bidding farewell to his mother, he asks her to take good care of Santuzza. Shortly afterwards shouts are heard that Turiddu has been killed.


2 Piccolos
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Tuba
1 Timpani
3 Percussion
3 Harps
1 Bells
1 Organ
1 Full Score


A full set of orchestral parts is available at a hire fee of £150.00 per set, per month, plus P&P.  Vocal scores for both translations cost £3.50 per copy per month to hire, and chorus scores cost £2.50 per copy per month to hire. Vocal Scores and libretti for the original version are commercially available, and can be purchased from bookshops and on-line retailers.


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Cast Size: Flexible

Genre(s): Opera/Operetta