June 13, 1999 |
Often discounted, dismissed and disrespected in his own century, Gian Carlo Menotti's reputation as an opera composer ought to be turned around in the 21st; the time is ripe for a reassessment. These new recordings of Menotti's unquestioned masterpiece may begin the process. They are both sweeping, harrowing and astute realizations of a great work too often bypassed and ignored.
March 14, 1988 |
Paul Dresher may be the Gian Carlo Menotti of the electronic generation. That's not exactly a compliment. Dresher's so-called opera, "Slow Fire"--presented by the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts in the local premiere of its revised form, Saturday at the Wadsworth Theater--revealed a melodramatist with meager lyrical gifts addicted to push button emotionalism. Unlike Menotti, however, Dresher was not his own librettist.
June 27, 1994 |
The Pacific Chorale will present the Oakland Ballet, offer several local premieres and sing works by four American composers during its four-concert 1994-95 season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The Oakland Ballet will dance John Butler's 1959 choreography to Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" on May 13, at the final concert of the season. The program also includes the Orange County premiere of Stephen Paulus' "Voices."
June 27, 1994 |
The Pacific Chorale will present the Oakland Ballet, offer several local premieres and emphasize American composers during its four-concert 1994-95 season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The ballet will dance John Butler's 1959 choreography to Orff's "Carmina Burana" on May 13, the final concert of the season, on a program that also includes the Orange County premiere of Stephen Paulus' "Voices."
August 23, 1986 |
Winthrop Sargeant, an elder of the nation's music critics whose writings in The New Yorker entertained and informed readers for more than for 20 years, has died at age 82. Sargeant died Aug. 15 at his Salisbury, Conn., home. He was a champion of such consonant, directly emotive composers as Gian Carlo Menotti and Vittorio Giannini. He also wrote about jazz, publishing a book, "Jazz: Hot and Hybrid," in 1938.
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November 25, 2008 |
British conductor Richard Hickox, who made a particular mark in opera and choral music with orchestras around the world, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 60. Hickox died Sunday of a heart attack in a hotel in Cardiff, Wales, said Stephen Lumsden, managing director of Intermusica Artists' Management Ltd. Hickox had been due to conduct the new English National Opera production of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Riders to the Sea," which opens Thursday.
November 7, 1991
There once lived a Man in a castle and a strange man was he. He shunned the Countess' parties; he yawned at town meetings; he did not go to church on Sundays. One afternoon the proud Man joined the crowd, leading by a silver chain a captive unicorn . . . . So begins trouble in the opening madrigal of Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore," playing this weekend at the Ventura College Theatre.
December 24, 1985
A new production of Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollaender" is included among the four offerings in San Diego Opera's 1986-87 season. "Hollaender," directed by Bernd Benthaak and designed by Bill Gorgensen will be presented at the Civic Theatre Feb. 7, 10, 13 and 15, 1987. The cast includes Roger Roloff (in the title role), Sabine Hass (Senta), Kevin Langan (Daland) and Siegfried Jerusalem (Eric). Matthias Kuntzsch will conduct. The season will open with Puccini's "Tosca," (Oct.
October 9, 1995 |
Christopher Keene, 48, general director of the New York City Opera since 1989, died Sunday at New York Hospital. The cause of death was complications from lymphoma arising from AIDS, said opera spokeswoman Susan Woelzl. Keene disclosed publicly in August that he had been HIV-positive for a decade or more. His lymphoma was diagnosed in February. On Sept. 7, he conducted the New York City Opera's opening night opera, "Mathis der Maler," with verve and energy.
February 23, 1992 |
GLAZUNOV: The Piano Sonatas; Three Etudes; "Grande Valse de Concert." Massimiliano Damerini, piano. Etcetera KTC 1118. In these quietly engaging keyboard pieces, Glazunov shuns both the nationalistic style of his teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, and the heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism of his contemporary, Rachmaninoff, steering a more restrained course, with well-focused melody, shimmering, not overly showy accompaniment and a civilized expressiveness.