Last Updated: July 1, 1998

Mateo Fal'kone

Mateo Falcone

A dramatic scene

Composed by Cesar Cui, libretto based on Merimee's story and Zhukovsky's verse rendering

Date of composition: 1906-1907

First Performed: 1907

Go to libretto: Transliterated Russian | KOI-8 Cyrillic

Cast of Characters


Action takes place in Corsica in the 19th century.


Adolescent boy meets escaping, wounded smuggler. Boy hides smuggler for a bribe. Boy then betrays smuggler to policeman-uncle in exchange for a watch. Boy's father very angry, makes boy say prayers and shoots boy to death with gun.

Author: Lyle Neff,