Wikipedia picture of the day for May 21

Illustration from Cavalleria rusticana of Santuzza pleading with Turiddu
Illustration from Cavalleria rusticana of Turiddu biting Alfio's ear

Cavalleria rusticana is an 1890 opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni with an Italian libretto written by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a short story and play by Giovanni Verga. These two illustrations show key scenes in the opera: in the first, Santuzza begs Turiddu to stay with her, instead of continuing his affair with Lola; in the second, Lola’s husband Alfio embraces Turiddu, challenging him to a duel according to Sicilian custom, while Turiddu bites his ear, drawing blood, thus accepting the challenge and indicating that it will be a duel to the death.

Illustration credit: unknown; restored by Adam Cuerden

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