John Adams, Leos Janacek, Opera Daily, LaScala, Berlioz and us in Century 21.

Leos Janacek’s JENUFA; MARKROPOLUS; and CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN are important starting points. The Sinfonietta is spectacular. Catherine Malfitano did a sizzling Elena in MAKROPLOUS at The Met. City Opera did a lovely VIXIEN as did the Cleveland Orchestra more recently on PBS.
Daniel P Quinn
Liked by Opera Daily Having seen the premieres of NIXON IN CHINA, and KLINGHOFFER at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, they were astonishing. NIXON had a brilliant libretto by Alice Goodman in English, with a contraction of words (couplets) with repeats that embraced the form of Opera. KLINGHOFFER was also beautiful and heartfelt, but maligned by conservative audience members. John Donne’s poetry enhanced Dr. ATOMIC but it was hampered by a dreary Met production. 
Daniel P Quinn
Liked by Opera DailyNot really a big Sellars fan; Adams is more important. 

Daniel P QuinnOct 22
At LaScala I watched Verrett rehearse the revival of Verdi’s MACBETH in Milan with Claudio Abbado. They were a great team and their recording remains one of the best.

 Daniel P Quinn
Oct 18Liked by Opera Daily
Berlioz is grateful too. Every night Berlioz’ Father read him the AENEID as a bedtime story which became part of his artistry as a composer. It was never heard complete in Paris in his lifetime and for 90 years until the Royal Opera House did it in the 1950’s with brutal cuts. LES TROYENS was vilified by critics for almost a century and one remarked that Berlioz was buried under the Wall of Troy. Nonetheless, you work here is extremely important for LES TROYENS and Berlioz in Century 21.

 Opera Daily
Oct 18
I am looking forward to going deeper. It’s mind boggling to me how moved he was as a child by Virgil’s poetry. To say he was a genius feels like it falls short when describing him.

Daniel P Quinn
Oct 18Liked by Opera Daily
BTW Les Troyens (4 hours) started at 7pm- ended before midnight The Met premiere breezed by in waves of exhiliration, rhapsody and sensuality. Each Chorus, Dance, Solo, Interlude or Duet were breathtaking. The orchestration a miracle. Wagner’s RING falls short by comparison.

Daniel P Quinn
Oct 19Liked by Opera Daily
Carthage, Tunisia, Berlioz and us in Century 21. The site of Carthage has been excavated and is now an ancient site somewhat restored in our time. Colleagues with the Hannibal Alliance and I have corresponded since Tunisia won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Daniel P Quinn
Oct 21L
Maybe we could do a field trip to Carthage with Opera Daily and meet my Tunisian colleagues there or perform part of the Berlioz at that site. The French established the National Theatre there and Tunisia signed the first peace treaty w/ America in 1789.

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