Back in New York

While living and studying back in New York City with Marie Louise Wagner, she was able to support herself by accompanying students of famous opera singers in their teaching studios, for example those of Rose Bampton, Giovanni Martinelli, Raymond Buckingham, John Chickering, Rocco Pandiscio, Rosa Ponselle, among many others.

Rita singing Rita in NYC

After graduation, she worked as a guest coach at New York City Opera and at the Memphis Opera.

She also appeared as the first female ‘Amahl’ in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in a major production in New Jersey. [The composer stipulated that only a male alto was allowed to sing the rôle of Amahl in New York City. This production which also included famed singer Elizabeth Mannion, was the first major one in the Tri-State area with the rôle being performed by a soprano- Rita!]

Amahl in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, New Jersey Opera Rehearsal for Memphis Opera, “Deseret” with (standing) Bob Paul, MauriceStern, Elaine Malbin, Anton Coppola, Rosemary Kuhlman.
Another ‘juvenile’ rôle that Rita performed in this period was that of “‘Flora’ in Britten’s “Turn of the Screw”, a touring production of New York City Opera. (Cast members also included Patria Neway and Richard Cassilly.)

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