Passion’s Consequence

Cavalleria Rusticana

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

Mascagni’s classic verismo tale shines a light on rustic 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 will the consequences be for the faithless Turiddu and the adulterous Lola?

February 20, 23, 26, 28 | 2021
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat

Estimated Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission

*Join us one hour prior to each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House of a free and insightful pre-performance discussion led by opera historian Betsy Schwarm.

Sets courtesy of New Orleans Opera
Costumes courtesy of Opera de Montreal


Michelle DeYoung

Santuzza | Bio

Roberto De Biasio

Turiddu | Bio

Kira Dills-Desurra

Lola | Bio

Catherine Cook

Lucia | Bio

Malcolm MacKenzie

Alfio | Bio

Creative Team

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

David Lefkowich

Director | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana

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