22nd July — Friday, 9:30pm

23rd July — Saturday, 9:30pm


Portuguese Symphony Orchestra

São Carlos Opera House Choir

Mary Elizabeth Williams Santuzza

Lorenzo Decaro Turiddu

Luís Rodrigues Alfio

Maria Luísa de Freitas Lola

Laryssa Savchenko Mamma Lucia

Domenico Longo conductor

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera in concert version


In 1890, the resounding success at the Teatro Costanzi, in Rome, of Cavalleria Rusticana brought to composer Pietro Mascagni a notoriety never equaled in his later operas. “I shouldn´t have written Cavalleria first”, the composer often complained. Inspired on a play by Giovanni Verga, a cornerstone of verismo, the opera gathers its dramatic strength in jealousy and treason. The voices of Turiddu and Alfio join Santuzza’s, this one divided between her religious faith and the indignity of an impossible love. A love triangle of tragic consequences which unfolds under the Mediterranean blazing sun in a poor Sicilian village.