Based on a drama by Giovanni Verga, "Cavalleria Rusticana" relates the
lives and passions of simple Sicilian peasants. It was the first opera
of the "verismo", or realist, school. Turiddu has long been one of Placido
Domingo's finest roles, infused with passion and musical intensity.
Franco Zeffirelli has masterminded a brilliantly naturalistic filming of
this opera, shooting it on location in a small Sicilian town. The Russian
mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova is a moving Santuzza, totally convincing in
her passionate dejection. Together with the other veristic masterpiece,
Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci", "Cavalleria" forms the most popular double-bill
in the operatic repertory.