Opera On Location logo



November 21, 25 & 28 2016

Location pin
The Rising Sun, Shakespeare's, Sentinel Brewing Co., Blue Moon Cafe, The Red Deer

Rita - Donizetti

Monday 21st November:
2pm - The Rising Sun, 471 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S1o 3QA
5:45pm - Shakespeare's, 146-148 Gibralter St, Sheffield, S3 8UB

Friday 25th November:
12:45pm & 5:45pm - Sentinel Brewing Co. 178 Shoreham St, Sheffield, S1 4SQ

Monday 28th November:
2pm - Blue Moon Cafe, 2 St James Row, Sheffield, S1 2EW
5:45pm - The Red Deer, 18 Pitt St, Sheffield S1 4DD

In collaboration with the Year of Making and Abbeydale Brewery, Opera on Location present Donizetti's Rita.

Join Rita, a somewhat tyrannical landlady and her long suffering second husband Beppe. Unaware of the strange course the day will take, the couple go about their business when Gasparo, comes to the pub looking for information about Rita. Gasparo finds Beppe first and reveals himself to be Rita's long-presumed-dead first husband. He is in need of Rita's death certificate as he is certain she died in the fire that many believed claimed his life as well. Beppe, upon realising that the two are still married, is overjoyed that his marriage is now void and he can leave Rita without having to pay for a divorce or in his own words 'her funeral!' Rita finds the two men chatting and realises what Gasparo's reappearance could mean for her. She knows that in her first marriage she was often mistreated and had no power which is why she now dominates Beppe, to remain the head of the household. As the three come together, each of them wanting a different outcome from Gasparo's 'resurrection', a battle of wits commences, but who will be victorious?

Set to the upbeat, catchy melodies of Donizetti, best known for The Elixir of Love and Lucia di Lammermoor, this 50-minute comic opera sung in English fits perfectly into a lunch hour or is a great way to break up the monotonous journey home.

Although tickets are free for this event we do ask you to click on the link above to reserve your space.