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Take an Easter Sunday journey to Sicily for a story full of heart-aching drama and beautiful music as the Lycoming College Music Department presents a concert production of “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Pietro Mascagni’s one act opera will feature the Lycoming College Community Orchestra and a vocal ensemble of students, area professionals, and community members, under the direction of William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Lycoming College and chair of the department. The performance is set for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.
“Cavalleria Rusticana” (Rustic Chivalry) is a tragic tale that unfolds on Easter Sunday in a Sicilian village, circa 1900. Santuzza’s former lover, a soldier named Turridu, is in love with Lola, the wife of the prosperous carter, Alfio. Santuzza seeks revenge by telling Alfio of Lola’s unfaithfulness — a decision that leads to fateful consequences. This passionate story is brought to life by Mascagni’s moving score, which includes the beautiful “Easter Hymn” and “Intermezzo.”
The lead roles of the opera will be performed by music faculty members Sara Scott (Santuzza), Emily Wertz (Lola), and Bonnie Hall (Mamma Lucia). Todd Griffith (Alfio) and Nathan Fulkerson (Turiddu) will complete the leading cast, as the Lycoming College Chamber Choir will fill the role of the opera chorus.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Music Department at (570) 321-4016.