was Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů’s sixth opera, written in 1953-4 and premiered in 1959. Based on Carlo Goldoni’s play La locandiera
, it tells the story of the beautiful mistress of an inn, who is courted by three men: the rich Conte d’Albafloria, the aristocratic Marchese di Forlimpopoli, and the waiter Fabrizio. She leads them all on but is most intrigued by the challenge posed by the Cavaliere di Ripafratta, a new guest who loudly proclaims his hatred of women. What better conquest than to make him fall in love with her, too? "