Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain’s Mate
Comedy Opera in One Act and Two Parts – First Complete Recording
Lontano Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez, Nadine Benjamin (Mrs Waters), Edward Lee (Harry Benn), Jeremy Huw Williams (Ned Travers), Simon Wilding (Policeman), Ted Schmitz (The Man), Rebecca Louuise Dale (Mary Ann), Mark Nathan (chorus)
R0oo1 Retrospect Opera – 2 CD set @ £19.50*
Retrospect Opera is pleased to announce the release of its debut recording, the first complete recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s most popular opera, The Boatswain’s Mate, conducted by Smyth specialist Odaline de la Martinez. The Boatswain’s Mate proved – of all the early twentieth-century British operas making use of folk music to depict something of realistic rural life – the most popular. Smyth’s suffragette anthem, The March of the Women, is significantly incorporated into the overture, and nursery rhymes and folk tunes are utilised in the main body of the work.