verismo

Definition

Theater

  • A movement towards greater naturalism in the Italiantheater in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Playwrights turnedto social and political themes, setting their plots in working-classand regional settings. The leading exponents of the style were GiovanniVerga (1840 - 1922), whose tragedies of Sicilian life includeCavalleria Rusticana (1884), and Luigi Capuana (1839 - 1915),who wrote Malia (1859) and other works in Sicilian dialect.Other playwrights associated with the movement included Giuseppe Giacosa(1847 - 1906), Luigi Pirandello, and Gabriele D'Annunzio.The style also influenced the earlier operas of Puccini. Althoughverismo was Italy's first distinctively national form of drama,it was suppressed by the Fascists during the 1920s.
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