Notes & Reviews:
Opera Rara's recording of Donizetti's one-act opéra-comique, Rita (Deux hommes et une femme), is a double first - the first studio recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score (in the original French) and the label's first project with the critically acclaimed Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Written in 1841 to a French libretto by Gustave Vaëz, Rita was never performed in Donizetti's lifetime. This one-disc set comes with a fully illustrated booklet with a complete libretto and English translation. Soloists include Katarina Karnéus (Rita), Barry Banks (Pepé) and Christopher Maltman (Gasparo).
Financial Times, 22nd March 2014
Rita can hardly be described as a masterpiece, but you cannot mistake its French comic style...While it might have been preferable to have native French speakers, Katarina KarnTus, Barry Banks and Christopher Maltman bring Rita to life with infectious spirit.
Recording information: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (09/2012).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Rita, ou Le mari battu, opera
- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1841