A double bill of Donizetti’s Rita and John Duke’s Captain Lovelock will be presented by New World School of the Arts Opera Theater Ensemble under the artistic direction of Rodney Miller. NWSA faculty member Elena Maria Garcia will provide the stage direction and Alfred Gershfeld will direct the NWSA Orchestra.
The story of Rita, the tyrannical and abusive wife of the timid Beppe, begins at her inn. The couple’s life is thrown into turmoil with the unexpected arrival of Gaspar, Rita’s first husband, whom all believed to have drowned. Believing that Rita has died in a fire, Gaspar returned to obtain her death certificate so that he can remarry. Beppe sees this as an opportunity to escape from Rita’s abuse and the two men agree to a game where the winnings will be Rita. A tale of mistaken identity, Captain Lovelock is about the lovesick Terentia, an elderly and wealthy widow from the provinces, who returns for a visit to the capital with very young ideas. Surprising her daughters and her maid, she announces her determination to marry a young officer with the help of a marriage broker. A clever disguise helps Terentia realize the mistake she was about to make.
April 8, 9; 7:30 PM
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 East Flagler, downtown
General admission is $10 / Students and seniors $5
Information at 305-237-7855