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Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by G. Targioni-Tozzetti & G. Menasci, after a story by G. Verga
English translations by either Frederic Weatherly or Tom Hammond

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.

Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the work, then please send an email to stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (Cavalleria rusticana - be sure to specify which version you wish to perform)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below), as well as piano vocal scores and chorus scores.  Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


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

THE STORY (Sicily; late 19th Century)
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.

Santuzza (a Village Girl)
Turiddu (her Former Lover)
Lucia (his mother)
Alfio (a Carrier)
Lola (his Wife)

Easter Hymn (Santuzza, Lucia, Chorus)
Voi Lo Sapete (Santuzza)
Ah! Lo Vedi (Santuzza, Turiddu)
Intermezzo (Orchestra)

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