Music: Metropolitan Finale

In the chronicles of the Congregation of the Apostles in Parma there is to be found a story of one Gherardino Segarello, a young Parman of the 13th Century who, when refused admission to the Order of Lower Friars, put on sandals and tunic in imitation, sold his possessions, lived riotously and ended as a prison inmate.

Pizzetti's Fra Gherardo is a weaver who turns religious fanatic and gives all his goods to the poor. From things of the flesh he abstains rigidly, but first he indulges himself with Mariola, a beautiful village girl, then curses and forsakes her because she sees...

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