Cavalleria Rusticana is one of Pietro Mascagni’s greatest masterpieces. This passionate story of love, jealousy and revenge helped usher in the Italian verismo period, during which literature and opera depicted realistic scenarios and true human emotion.
Giacomo Puccini’s operas are the most frequently performed works in the operatic repertoire. Il Tabarro is the first of Puccini’s trio of operas known as Il trittico (along with Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.) Set in Paris, this opera tells a tale of deception and murder on the Seine River.