Donizetti: La romanzesca e l’uomo nero

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COMPOSERS: Donizetti
LABELS: Opera Rara
WORKS: La romanzesca e l’uomo nero
PERFORMER: Alfonso Antoniozzi, Elisabetta Scano, Adriana Cicogna, Paul Austin Kelly, Pietro Spagnoli; Academy of St Martin in the Fields/David Parry
This is a very slight one-act comic opera which has had no more than one or two performances since its 1831 Naples premiere, and its plot is a satire on the then newly fashionable genre of Romanticism, with the opera’s heroine a young woman set on becoming a Romantic novelist. The score, at least two numbers of which are borrowed from earlier Donizetti operas, is amiable but hardly memorable. It is performed most agreeably by Opera Rara’s forces. Charles Osborne