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Spotlight on American Opera.Thursday, June 24, 2010 By Martha Martinez-Sotelo
In the last four months, seven American operas have premiered across the United States, and three more will premiere in 2010. Of course, this number of premieres does not compare to Mozart's or Rossini's time, when opera premieres were as common as the opening of a new movie these days.
At the Opera America conference in Los Angeles recently, composer Daniel Catán, whose new opera Il Postino will premiere at LA Opera in September, encouraged opera companies to become better ambassadors for new American operas. How? By giving a new opera a chance and presenting the already premiered opera in our cities, which allows these pieces to be a part of the current and future repertoire. Many times when a new opera premieres, it never sees a second performance in another city. Mr. Catán's challenge is great, because new American works help secure the art form as relevant to audiences now and in the future.
We want to know, if you had to wear the artistic hat, which new opera would you like to see performed in Fort Worth? Choose below. We will present the results in our next e-Newsletter.
The Golden Ticket story:
Based on Roald Dahl's popular book,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
A first time mother-to-be, whose psyche has been scarred by the loss of her pilot-father in Vietnam, must break free from anxiety to embrace healing and renewal for the sake of her husband and child in this original story unfolding over a 30-year period beginning in 1966.
Madame White Snake story:
In a story drawn from a beloved Chinese legend, a powerful white snake demon longs to become human to experience love. She grasps love for one fleeting instant before it is swept away by a flood of deceit, doubt and distrust.
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