Donizetti’s “Rita” – An Interview with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

by Sean Martinfield | See: By Sean, Sean's Reviews and Interviews

“We have programmed the most politically incorrect opera in the most politically correct area of the country!” said music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, referring to the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s up-coming production of Rita, ou Le mari battu (Rita, or The Beaten Husband).

It’s true. Some may see the political shenanigans in Die Walküre as running a close second. Gaetano Donizetti’s Rita is a one-act ‘opera comique’ – high octane musical numbers connected by bits of snappy dialogue. Rita is a swift and very fun dose of Donizetti – not just a bagatelle knocked-off by the composer in something like eight days. Though the opera never hit the boards in his lifetime, he knew the curtain would come down in about an hour…. ”
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