Santuzza suspects that Turridu, who has promised her marriage, is cheating on her with his former love Lola. If he leaves Santuzza, she remains dishonorably behind and is cast out by the village community. In Mascagni's one-act Cavalleria rusticana, Santuzza's fear leads to a murderous act of violence - and all of this in a single morning: Since Turridu consistently refuses to plead, Santuzza reveals the adultery to Lola's husband. Instead of forgiveness and redemption, at the end of Easter Sunday there is a blood sacrifice that obeys a centuries-old social code.
Luci mie traditrici
Love and violence also merge in Sciarrino's opera Luci mie traditricito a fatal unit. The sudden appearance of a guest calls into question the love between Count and Countess Malaspina. When the count's servant - he, too, a secret admirer of the countess - reports the countess' infidelity to his master, he feels compelled to murder the intruder first and then his beloved wife in agony. Based on the biography of the Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo Prince of Venosa, at the end of the 20th century Salvatore Sciarrino paints a picture of people who can only respond to the powerlessness of their feelings with violence.
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