One would think that it wouldn't be difficult to find two one-act works where the soprano actually lives, as usually it's the tenor who is left grieving the loss of his lover. After Tosca, and La Traviata, BARN OPERA has decided to turn the tables and select two productions where the soprano lives! (Coincidently, the tenor dies in both, but who's counting!) Puccini's Il Tabarro is one of the pieces that comprise Il Trittico, and deals with Michele, Giorgietta's jealous husband, coming to terms with the fact that his wife is having an affair with someone, and his quest to discover and punish whoever it ends up being. Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana is the story of Santuzza, the jealous wife, whose lover (and father of her unborn child) is having an affair with another villager's wife. Santuzza tries to convince Turridu (her lover) to come back to her, but when that fails, her jealousy prompts her to confront Alfio, the husband of Lola, the object of Turridu's affection. Jealousy and opera never end well, and these two one-act works are no exception.