Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana

    Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

    The Ave Maria which became famous is an later adaptation of Intermezzo of Cavalleria rusticana made well after the opera's premiere which took place on May 17, 1890. In the opera, the Intermezzo is purely orchestral. There are several Ave Maria versions adapted from theIntermezzo. Our version is by P. Mazzoni, and starts with "Ave Maria, madre Santa, Sorreggi il pie".

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