"Cavalleria rusticana" opera costume paintings, circa 1890

Guide to "Cavalleria rusticana" opera costume paintings C0472


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Title "Cavalleria rusticana" opera costume paintings
Date circa 1890
Physical Characteristics .01 Linear Feet
Abstract Six pen and watercolor paintings on paper of character and chorus member costume designs for the opera "Cavalleria rusticana," circa 1890.
Collection Number C0472
Language Italian

Historical Note

"Cavalleria rusticana," translated from the Italian to "rustic chivalry," is an 1890 opera by Pietro Mascagni. The catalyst of the "verismo" opera trend, "Cavalleria rusticana" was hailed for its music, passionate and realistic plot, and the punch it packed as a short opera, clocking in around 75 minutes (compared to a typical opera's 2.5-3 hour runtime). "Cavalleria" tells the story of married Sicilian villagers Santuzza and Turiddu. Turridu has married Santuzza out of spite for being rejected by his former lover Lola, now married to Alfio. However, Turiddu begins an affair with Lola behind Santuzza's back, and in typical verismo fashion, passion and death ensue. Based on the story and play by Giovanni Verga, "Cavalleria" was an instant and massive success, and became Mascagni's most popular work, despite being his first. The composer himself was quoted as saying, "It is a pity I wrote Cavalleria first...for I was crowned before I became king" (ClassicFM.) "Cavalleria rusticana" is still performed today, traditionally in a double bill with the opera "Pagliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo, known as "Cav/Pag." It is perhaps best known for its "Intermezzo" music.

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Scope and Content

Six pen and watercolor paintings on paper of character and chorus member costume designs for the opera "Cavalleria rusticana." Featured are Turiddu, Coriste (female chorus member), two Coristi (male chorus members), Lola, and Alfio. Each painting has the title of the opera written in pen in the upper right hand corner, as well as the name of each character below the figure. Notably absent is the lead female character Santuzza. Due to the numberings on the upper left corners of the paintings, these seem to be a part of a larger series of paintings.

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Arrangement

This is a single folder collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. No known restrictions.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the "La Navarraise" opera scene and costume lithographs, as well as many other materials on opera and the performing arts.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Mascagni, Pietro, 1863-1945. (Title of work: Cavalleria rusticana.)

Subjects:

Costume design
Opera
Verismo (Opera)
Watercolor painting

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

"Cavalleria rusticana" opera costume paintings, C0472, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians in May 2016.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in March 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in March 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.

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Bibliography

Bentley, Charlotte. "Beyond Verismo: Massenet's La Navarraise and 'Realism' in Fin-de-Siecle Paris." Journal of the Royal Musical Association 144, no. 1 (2019): 29-54.

Cantoni, L. and Schwarm, Betsy. "Cavalleria rusticana." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Accessed March 9, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cavalleria-rusticana-opera-by-Mascagni.

"The Story Behind Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana." Classic FM. Accessed March 9, 2021. https://www.classicfm.com/composers/mascagni/guides/story-behind-mascagnis-cavalleria-rusticana/.

"Synopsis: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci." The Metropolitan Opera. Accessed March 9, 2021. https://www.metopera.org/user-information/synopses-archive/cav-pag.

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