Opera Triple Bill: Wolf-Ferrari, Mascagni, Donizetti
Opera & Vocal, Production Arts
LIVE STREAMED BROADCAST
Wolf-Ferrari Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret)
Donizetti Rita (Two Men and a Woman)
Stephen Medcalf director
Dominic Wheeler conductor
Cordelia Chisholm designer
Simon Corder lighting designer
A triple bill of darkly comic Italian operas, exploring troubling romantic relationships and escapist fantasies in the interwoven lives of three Florentine women.
Susanna is suspected by her controlling husband of having an affair when he smells smoke on her clothes, but is that really her secret in this tale of marital misunderstanding?
Silvia is trapped in the luxurious but unfulfilling life of an escort, and longs for the innocence of true love. When she meets the man of her dreams it seems this wish has been answered, but will she follow her heart?
Rita believes she has lost her abusive husband at sea, and now reflects his bullying nature onto her downtrodden new spouse. When the first husband reappears unexpectedly, the two men must decide – who is most deserving of her?
Lyrical and tuneful music features throughout these skilfully written, one-act works, which were composed between 1841 and 1909. This new Guildhall production, directed by Stephen Medcalf, reimagines these challenging and thought-provoking stories for the present day.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Featuring two opera casts on alternate nights
These operas contain themes of a sexual nature and of domestic abuse.