Passion’s Consequence

Cavalleria Rusticana

A One-Night-Only Anniversary Concert

Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci
Premiered May 17, 1890, Teatro Costanzi (Rome, Italy)

Opera Colorado celebrates its 40th anniversary by presenting Mascagni’s opera as a special one-night-only, semi-staged concert. The tale shines a light on life in an idyllic Sicilian village—a closer look reveals jealousy, betrayal, and secrets lurking beneath the pastoral facade. Rebuked by both the church and her lover, Turiddu, the pious Santuzza must decide whose secrets to keep. What consequences lie ahead for the faithless Turiddu and the adulterous Lola?

Maestro Ari Pelto will lead extraordinary singers alongside the Opera Colorado Orchestra on the stage for this spectacular season kick-off.

September 10 | 2022    7:00 p.m.
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat and English supertitles above the stage.

Estimated Length: 75 minutes

The 40th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Marcia & Dick Robinson.

40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

To truly share in our evening of anniversary festivities, add tickets to our 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner—featuring a cocktail hour with other opera lovers before the production and an elegant three-course meal immediately following the performance of Cavalleria rusticana.

Enjoy this opportunity to gather with fellow Opera Colorado patrons and celebrate our forty years of songs and stories.


The 40th Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Hour is sponsored by Vectra Bank.
The 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner is sponsored by Lisa & Pat Nicholson.


Catherine Martin

Santuzza | Bio

Catherine Cook

Lucia | Bio

Malcolm MacKenzie

Alfio | Bio

Roberto de Biasio

Turiddu | Bio

Kira Dills-Desurra

Lola | Bio

Creative Team

Headshot of Ari Pelto

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio
David Lefkowich Headshot

David Lefkowich

Director | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana

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