By Donizetti. Shoestring Opera of Melbourne. Matthew Toogood. Director: David Lawson-Smith. Comedy Club at the Athenaeum Theatre. October 23 – 26, 2015.
Conductor Matthew Toogood is now based in Berlin, but we are very fortunate that he continues to return to Melbourne. So, Shoestring Opera made a welcome return, with a very small scale operatic venture.
Donizetti was a prolific composer and Rita, a one-act opera with spoken dialogue, is one of many which rarely see the light of day. This is a shame, as it included some beautiful music and was highly entertaining.