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.
Sunday Times, 13th April 2014
The lively score is deftly conducted. Katerina Karneus, Barry Banks (PepT) and Christopher Maltman (Gasparo) have unidiomatic French, but their voices give pleasure.
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
The two men...both sing and speak French perfectly. Unfortunately, although Katarina KarnTus is on lively, lovely form, her French when singing is almost indecipherable...The singers make a great team, but what makes it so much fun is Mark Elder's immersion in the work, which sounds almost as if it was Haydn on top form.
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