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Monsieur le Bleau: Grant Shelley

Il Conte di Bosco Nero: Howard Haskin Milord

Runebif: Neil Jansen

Don Alvaro de Castille: Tom McDonnell

Arlecchino: Gordon Sandison

Rosaura: Jill Gomez

Marionette: Rosemary Ashe

Folletto: Christopher Adams

Pedro: Andrew Gallacher

Birif: Richard Lloyd-Morgan

Lady: Marilyn Hunt

Lady: Susan Lees

Creative Team

ConductorYan Pascal Tortelier
DirectorCharles Hamilton
Set DesignTim Reed
Costume DesignTim Reed
Lighting DesignMick Hughes
ChoreographerTerry John Bates

The Plot

Act 1
The opera is set in Venice in the 18th century and tells the story of Rosaura, a wealthy widow who is determined to find a new husband. She enlists the help of her maid, Nerina, to create a false identity as a poor woman in order to attract a suitor who will love her for who she is, not for her money. Rosaura disguises herself as the poor widow "Fidalma" and begins attending social events in Venice.

Act 2

In the second act, Rosaura's plan seems to be working when she attracts the attention of two suitors: the wealthy businessman Ottavio and the impoverished poet Blasio. Rosaura/Fidalma is torn between the two men and struggles to choose between love and money. Meanwhile, Nerina has her own romantic troubles when she falls in love with Blasio's servant, Bruschino.

Act 3

In the final act, Rosaura's true identity is revealed when her former husband arrives in Venice and exposes her deception. Ottavio and Blasio are both hurt by the revelation but ultimately forgive Rosaura. In the end, Rosaura realizes that true love cannot be bought or manipulated and chooses to be with the man who loves her for who she is, not for her wealth. The opera ends with a joyful ensemble celebrating the power of love.

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