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Rita (Deux hommes et une femme)

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"Katarina Karnéus, Barry Banks and Christopher Maltman bring Rita to life with infectious spirit." -  Andrew Clark, Financial Times (4 stars)  Review the full reivew at: FT.com Opera... read more

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Song title Time Format Price
playstop01 Rita: Prelude00:58
playstop02 Rita: De mon auberge ainsi08:11
playstop03 Rita: En vérité, tout m’a réussi depuis que…00:58
playstop04 Rita: C’est elle, je frémis08:16
playstop05 Rita: Voilà ce que c’est que d’acheter chat…01:33
playstop06 Rita: Mon ménage pour modèle03:06
playstop07 Rita: Aussi quand je la battais c’était…03:58
playstop08 Rita: Il me vient une idée…08:27
playstop09 Rita: Ah! ah! ah! Il paraît mon ancient…00:53
playstop10 Rita: Tra la la la la la la la la…03:52
playstop11 Rita: Tu parais bien gai…01:46
playstop12 Rita: Ô chère âme ! Chère femme ! *** FREE TRACK ***07:36
playstop13 Rita: Qu’est-ce que c’est… où vais-tu... ?03:20
playstop14 Rita: Il est manchot !06:42
playstop15 Rita: Je vais chercher mes armes, mon brave…01:53
playstop16 Rita: Mais il faut à mon programme02:12

"Katarina Karnéus, Barry Banks and Christopher Maltman bring Rita to life with infectious spirit." -  Andrew Clark, Financial Times (4 stars) 

Review the full reivew at: FT.com

Opera Rara celebrates its 50th complete opera recording with the release of Donizetti’s Rita (Deux hommes et une femme) - in the original French.  Conducted by Artistic Director Sir Mark Elder, Rita is the first studio recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score.

Sir Mark Elder has recently been described as “a born-again Donizettian” by both The Sunday Times and BBC Music Magazine and the recording of Rita marks the sixth opera by Donizetti that Sir Mark has conducted with Opera Rara, as well as the first that Opera Rara will have made with the Hallé, of which Sir Mark is Music Director. The recording is sung in the original French, with Katarina Karnéus in the eponymous role of Rita, Barry Banks as Pepé and Christopher Maltman as Gasparo.   

Written in 1841, with a libretto by Gustave Vaëz who had co-written the French libretto for Lucia di Lammermoor, Rita was the only complete opera by Donizetti not to have been premièred in his lifetime. The one-act opéra-comique received its posthumous première at the Opéra Comique, Paris on 7 May 1860 where it had originally been scheduled over two decades earlier. Despite Donizetti’s efforts to have the libretto translated into Italian for the Teatro del Fondo in Naples, the untimely death of the Teatro’s impresario led to the performances being cancelled. 

The new edition on which the recording is based was created from Donizetti’s complete autograph score and a recently discovered manuscript libretto with autograph annotations. It restores the French spoken dialogue originally intended for the opera without the apocryphal additions which were introduced for its première in 1860.  Donizetti’s works have been at the heart of Opera Rara’s repertoire since it was founded more than 40 years ago, and Rita is the 22nd complete opera by Donizetti to be released.   

Katarina Karnéus, Barry Banks, Christopher Maltman, The Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

Rita has married an unassertive bumpkin, Pepé, believing that her first husband, Gasparo, has drowned at sea. Gasparo arrives unexpectedly at Rita’s inn to check out a rumour that Rita has died. Pepé recognises the name on his passport and sees in the stranger a means of escaping his temperamental Rita, who often beats him. Gasparo, who has been planning to marry a Canadian girl, cajoles Pepé into suggesting a game of morra and then into drawing straws to see which of them wins the wife neither of them wants. When Pepé accuses Gasparo of cheating, Gasparo shows him the long straw, and for a while Pepé has the illusion of freedom. Gasparo tries to persuade Pepé, apparently in vain, that a husband should stand up to his wife. By pretending to have a useless arm, Gasparo provokes Pepé into fighting him. At the sight of her husband asserting himself, Rita, who has not only dealt out blows to Pepé but received them from Gasparo, is as happy to be reunited with Pepé as Gasparo is contented, having gained possession of his old marriage-license, to return to Canada.