|Operas by Antonio Smareglia|
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 28 March 1895
|Menico, Marussa's father||bass||Ruggero Galli|
|Biaggio, the village fiddler||bass||Rodolfo Angelini|
|Nicola||baritone||Tito Scipione Terzi|
|Peasant men and women of Dignano|
- Time: 1895
- Place: The village of Dignano
Marussa and Lorenzo, two young villagers, are in love. However, a more wealthy suitor, Nicola, has said that he would waive a dowry. Marussa's miserly father, Menico, is convinced by the village fiddler, Biagio, to marry her off to Nicola. Marussa is tricked into believing that Lorenzo has been unfaithful, and her wedding to Nicola is quickly arranged. In her room, shortly before the wedding, Marussa begs Nicola to release her from their engagement. Nicola refuses, and Lorenzo (who had been hiding behind the curtains), leaps out and attacks Nicola with a knife. During the fight, Nicola stabs Lorenzo, who dies in Marussa's arms.
- Antonio Smareglia: Nozze istriane – Ian Storey (tenor), Katia Lytting (mezzo-soprano), Svetla Vassileva (soprano), Enzo Capuano (baritone), Giorgio Surjan (bass), Alberto Mastromarino (baritone); Teatro Verdi di Trieste Orchestra and Chorus; Tiziano Severini (conductor). Live performance recording from the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, December 1999. Label: Bongiovanni BGV 2265 king
- Sadie (1992), Vol 1, p. 635.
- The names of the original cast are from Casaglia
- Siff (November 2001)
- Ashbrook, William, Nozze istriane (review), The Opera Quarterly, Volume 18, Number 3, Summer 2002, pp. 434–436. Accessed via subscription 2 May 2009.
- Casaglia, Gherardo "28 Marzo 1895", Almanacco Amadeus. Accessed 2 May 2009.
- Sadie, Stanley (ed.), "Nozze istriane", The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Macmillan Press, 1992, Vol 1, p. 635. ISBN 0-333-48552-1
- Siff, Ira, "Smareglia: Nozze Istriane" Opera News, November 2001. Accessed via subscription 2 May 2009.
- Libretto (in Italian)