Music: Gaetano Donizetti / Maurice Ravel | Words: Lindsey Bramley
Written in the last days of his life, Donizetti’s Rita has been much revised over the years. In this new production, Rita and her henpecked husband Beppe find themselves the owner/managers of a run-down bar in Benidorm. Life has settled down to a rhythm that Rita finds pleasing, but all of this is turned upside down by the arrival of a man whose knowledge of Rita’s past threatens her comfortable existence…
The Spanish Hour was composed by Ravel to please his father, who sadly passed away prior to its premiere. Concepción finds herself bored by her clockmaker husband and has thus arranged assignations with both Gonzalve, a poet, and Don Inigo, a town official. Unfortunately, Ramiro – a particularly persistent, but surprisingly obliging, customer – throws a spanner into the works of her carefully composed afternoon.
Opera Alegría delights in creating new and modernised versions of little known one-act operas. This new double bill, centred on strong female characters, marks their third visit to the Grimeborn Opera Festival.
Live piano music by Lindsay Bramley, performed in English.
|Gaetano Donizetti / Maurice Ravel|
Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.
Concessions (apply to Standard and Value seats):
26 and under / Student - 20% off
Over 65s - 20% off
Unemployment Benefits - 20% off
Disabled - 20% off, or free companion ticket (call 020 7503 1646)
Theatre Union Members - 10% off
School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12, one free teacher per 10 students
Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes approximately (including interval).
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