GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797-1848): Don Gregorio.
Catalogue Number: 02O040
Reference: CDS 579/1-2
Description: Originally titled L'Ajo nell'imbarazzo and whose title buffo baritone role is that of a tutor trying to keep his two male charges' sexual desires and shenanigans from their misogynist father, this 1824 comedy was Donizetti's first sustained success. The version offered here was a Naples revision of two years later; the baritone on this recording accordingly has provided dialogues in Neapolitan dialect. NOTE: This appeared first on DVD and was offered here in December of 2008 (12K048). So if you prefer your opera unseen (and a lot cheaper - the DVDs cost $45.98), here's your chance. 2 CDs. No libretto. Elizaveta Martirosian (soprano), Alessandra Fratelli (contralto), Giorgio Trucco, Livio Scarpellini (tenors), Giorgio Valerio (baritone), Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival "Gaetano Donizetti"; Stefano Montanari.