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  • Awesome Music: It's an opera, so there are many great numbers. But the instrumental Intermezzo stands out in particular.
  • Critical Research Failure: Although Cavalleria Rusticana has been called a "verismo" opera, there are times when reality does not ensue. For example, premarital sex alone hardly ever led to excommunication from the Catholic Church, a punishment that was reserved for more serious offenses like heresy.
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  • Designated Hero: Turiddu is a poor excuse of a man. He's an adulterer, a thoughtless heartbreaker, and a whiner. And a Karma Houdini to boot. So, it's hardly surprising that he's the one who has to die.
  • Fair for Its Day: What Santuzza goes through, inaccurate to real life as it is, can be seen as a denunciation on Slut-Shaming.
  • First Installment Wins: This is the first opera produced by Mascagni. It's also the only one that most people will actually witness a live performance of.
  • One-Hit Wonder: As with Leoncavallo, Mascagni composed other operas, but hardly anyone has ever heard of them.
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