Haydn’s hilarious opera La vera costanza opens with a storm sequence which sees Baroness Irene, Ernesto, Lisetta and Villotto rescued from a shipwreck by Rosina and Masino. Irene is intent on dissuading Count Errico from marrying the fisherwoman Rosina. But we discover that the Count has ALREADY married (and abandoned) Rosina, who has had a child by him. Neither the Count nor the Baroness and her retinue know of the child’s existence. The Baroness is promoting Villotto as a husband for Rosina, an impossibility that descends into farce, when the Count suddenly appears, threatening to kill his rival with a pistol. And so the opera proceeds, with Ernesto threatening Masino with a dagger, and other improbable - incidents!