Miss Fortune, by British composer Judith Weir, is a contemporary re-telling of a Sicilian folk story. Tina’s wealthy family lose all their possessions overnight and she is thrown into a life of poverty. When her life’s course turns from bad to worse, she makes a date with Fate. Her fortunes mysteriously change, and after several fortuitous happenings, she regains wealth, and, possibly, a husband.
The opera explores what it means to be rich or poor; the mysteries of everyday life; and the effects of chance, luck and accident on human existence.
Miss Fortune had its premiere at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2011.