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If Opera 2022 – Donizetti’s Rita & Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna

Two operas here – one written over a century before the present day, the other nearly two centuries ago – show that women dealing with ‘toxic masculinity’ is nothing new, however apparently comic their situations. Although both also owe something to the earlier traditions of eighteenth-century opera buffa (a genre in which women first came to speak

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