Notes and Editorial Reviews
Federico Amendola, cond; Adelina Scarabelli (
); Pietro Ballo (
); Alessandro Corbelli (
); 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
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
Works on This Recording
Rita by Gaetano Donizetti
Adelina Scarabelli (Soprano),
Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone),
Pietro Ballo (Tenor)
Sicilian Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1841; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/1991
Venue: Live Palermo, Italy
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