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(Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana). Sop. A village girl in love with a young soldier, Turiddu. He returns from the army and she becomes pregnant, but he rejects her and returns to a former love, Lola, now married. In revenge she informs Lola's husband of his wife's unfaithfulness, leading to a duel in which Turiddu is killed. Arias: Voi lo sapete, o mamma (‘You know well, mamma’); Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto (‘Let us sing of the Lord now victorious’—known as the Easter Hymn). Although relatively short, this role continues to attract outstanding sopranos and mezzo‐sopranos, among whom may be mentioned Giulietta Simionato, Zinka Milanov, Eileen Farrell, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Fiorenza Cossotto, Victoria de los Angeles, Elena Souliotis, Elena Obraztsova, Rita Hunter, and Julia Varady. Created (1890) by Gemma Bellincioni (whose husband created Turiddu).

Subjects: Opera.

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