Opera in one act
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci,
based upon the eponymous work by Giovanni Verga
Dramma in two acts
Libretto by the composer
These two works are the product of the dawn of the 20th century. In them the characters resolve their fears and passions on a knife’s edge, between love, hate and jealousy. Alfio, Santuzza and Turiddu, enclosed within the invisible limits of their village, are bound under the yoke of village honour; while Canio, Nedda and Tonia are confined by the travelling circus of the cuckolded clown.
A Teatro Real, Madrid production