Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Rita Hunter

Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Rita Hunter

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The daughter of a Merseyside boilermaker, Rita Hunter rose to become one of the great Brunnhildes of the post-war era, most memorably in the famous ENO Ring conducted by Sir Reginald Goodall. After studies with Edwin Francis, she joined the chorus of Sadler's Wells

Opera and during the 1950s sang with both the Wells and the Carl Rosa company in roles which included the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, the Screech Owl/Forester's Wife in the British premiere of The cunning little vixen (1961), Marcellina in The marriage of Figaro, and Senta in Dennis Arundell's famous production of The flying Dutchman.

Then followed the legendary Ring, played out against Ralph Koltai's futuristic landscape of gleaming metal rods and fractured globes, a landmark in British operatic history. Hunter, memorably abetted by Alberto Remedios's ardent Siegfried and Norman Bailey's authoritative Wotan, led a dream team of singers, notable for the lyricism with which they delivered Andrew Porter's crisp new English translation. …

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