As part of the programmes of “Heritage x Music Festival” of Haw Par Music, we collaborated with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong to bring Italian opera to Haw Par Music in November and part of the open rehearsal of “Rita” was broadcasted live. “Rita” (Rita, ou Le mari battu, or The Beaten Husband) is a delicious farce in the best traditions of Italian opera buffa. It was written near the end of Gaetano Donizetti’s life when he was living in Paris. Donizetti’s music and Gustave Vaëz’s French libretto result in an Italian take on French opéra-comique with a story so familiar that it could be set anywhere — even Hong Kong.