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Donizetti: Rita / Amendola, Scarabelli, Ballo, Et Al


Release Date: 09/04/2007 
Label:  Nuova Era   Catalog #: 224094   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Adelina ScarabelliAlessandro CorbelliPietro Ballo
Conductor:  Federico Amendola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sicilian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DONIZETTI Rita Federico Amendola, cond; Adelina Scarabelli ( Rita ); Pietro Ballo ( Beppe ); Alessandro Corbelli ( Gasparo ); Sicilian CO NUOVA ERA 224094 (53:39 Text, no Translation) Live: Palermo 6/1991


This recording is a reissue. It was first put out in 1992 on Nuova Era 7045 and reviewed in
Read more Fanfare by Robert Levine who said, “Don’t miss this one; it’s a charmer.”


This set is new to me; I have not had the previous releases on CD of this opera. The only commercial set in my collection is an ancient Cetra LP featuring Giuseppina Arnaldi, Carlo Franzini, and Paolo Montarsolo. As Levine stated, “The plot concerns a shrewish innkeeper named Rita who abuses her husband Beppe.” Rita’s first husband, Gasparo, has been presumed dead, but he reappears. Both Beppe and Gasparo try to avoid getting stuck with Rita. Beppe orders Gasparo to take Rita back, but the two play a straw game and the loser must keep her. Both cheat. In the end, Beppe stays with Rita, while Gasparo, who wants to marry a Canadian girl, advises Beppe to be a man.


Each of the characters has an aria; there are three duets, a trio, and a finale. The music is charming; the three singers all are quite good. Happily, the orchestra is small and well conducted by Federico Amandola.


Levine wrote that the booklet contained a full English-Italian libretto, but this booklet only contains the Italian libretto, which is a shame for such a little known but delightful work. I agree with Levine: if you don’t have the early version, get this one.


FANFARE: Bob Rose
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Works on This Recording

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Rita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Adelina Scarabelli (Soprano), Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone), Pietro Ballo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Federico Amendola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sicilian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Live  Palermo, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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