This powerful one-act "verismo" (realistic) opera peeks into the lives of simple village folk as they celebrate the holy day festivities in their Sicilian village on Easter Sunday. All is not church services and holiday feasts, however. Love and passion, betrayal and vengeful rage are portrayed with swift action and intense emotion. Coursing through the story is the music of Mascagni, with quiet passages making the cries of passion ever more poignant. The lush, beautiful melodies were made popular among the masses through the Hollywood blockbuster The Godfather.
A young tenor sings the tragic role of Turiddu, the philandering soldier who becomes involved with all the wrong women. The betrayed Santuzza's "Voi lo sapete, o mamma" is opera's best-known aria. A narrative, written by award-winning local college playwright Emily Sperling, is presented between scenes by two actors, keeping you engaged without distracting you with supertitles. The opera is performed by California-based opera singers in a fully staged production with chorus and 23-piece orchestra under the baton of conductor Kenneth Bell.
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