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In his collection of one-act plays, Pietro Mascagni showcases two masterpieces that delves deep into the human condition, without ever straying from the realm of reality. This remarkable collection features "Zanetto" and "Cavalleria Rusticana," both bringing forth tales of passion, love, and the tragic consequences that follow.

"Zanetto" throws us into the world of a wandering minstrel who stumbles upon an enchanting courtesan named Sylvia. With a mere one act, Mascagni crafts a riveting tale of longing and unrequited love. The interplay between Zanetto and Sylvia is exquisitely portrayed, as their emotions oscillate from curiosity and flirtation to vulnerability and heartbreak. Mascagni brilliantly captures the shifting dynamics of their relationship, exploring the complexities of desire and the dichotomy between illusion and reality. Through haunting melodies and evocative lyrics, the music embodies the profound emotions, lending an ethereal quality to the entire play.

On the other hand, "Cavalleria Rusticana" immerses us into a small Sicilian village, where passions run deep and revenge is a potent force. The story revolves around the tormented love triangle of Turiddu, Santuzza, and Lola. Mascagni's score is truly exceptional, painting a vivid landscape of seaside charm and bubbling tensions. As we witness the unfolding drama of betrayal and heartbreak, we become intertwined in a web of emotions and conflicting loyalties. The music is poignantly expressive, capturing both the intense passion of the characters and the underlying melancholy of their circumstances.

Mascagni's ability to create such vibrant characters within his concise one-act plays is truly remarkable. Each aria, duet, and ensemble carries its own distinct emotional weight, elevating the storytelling to new heights. The composer's devotion to realism is evident, as he delves unflinchingly into the depths of humanity, exploring the light and dark aspects of the human psyche.

The collection's strength lies not only in Mascagni's profound understanding of human emotions but also in his ability to draw the audience into his world. The music is, at times, breathtakingly beautiful, leaving an indelible mark on the listener's soul. This collection of one-act plays is a testament to Mascagni's genius as a composer and his keen observation of the human condition.

Overall, the absence of a title for this collection does not hinder its impact. Mascagni's masterful storytelling and breathtaking melodies captivate the audience, leaving them emotionally stirred and intellectually stimulated. "Zanetto" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" explore the complexities of love and desire, illuminating the fragility of human connections. Pietro Mascagni's collection is an absolute must-read for any lover of music, drama, and the intricacies of the human experience.

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English Translations by Willard G. Day

Price, 35 Cents

Mascagni Grand Opera Under the Management of Mittenthal Bros. and S. S. Kronberg Souvenir Libretto




Published by F. Rullman Theatre Ticket Office 111 Broadway New York

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ZANETTO Mezzo Soprano.

SILVIA Soprano.


Silvia is the rich and beautiful hostess of a country hotel, who has been besieged by lovers of almost every description, she repulses them all, because although they may be well to do and even wealthy and powerful, they have not pleased her fancy or awakened her heart. At last she forswears love entirely, being convinced that her destiny is to remain single.

Still, she remembers a youth she once saw, and believes that he lives near by, in Florence, toward which city she idly looks out in the summer evening from the veranda of her hotel, placed on the side of a steep mountain.

As she looks she hears the voice of a roving minstrel who is approaching... Continue reading book >>

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