Monday, December 05, 2005

An American Tragedy

Over at Sequenza 21 they mentioned the new opera "An American Tragedy" by composer Tobias Picker. Well, it got a review in the New York Times today (considering it was done at the Met, I would certainly hope so!) Read the review here. The review praises his control of the opera genre:

"Though "An American Tragedy" is essentially a conventional work and whole stretches of Mr. Picker's score would not be out of place in a Broadway theater, the opera is accomplished, dramatically effective and thoroughly professional. It's hard to imagine a more compelling cast. Admirers of the baritone Nathan Gunn who have been waiting for him to have a major success at the Met will cheer his portrayal of the protagonist, Clyde Griffiths, the uneducated, ambitious son of street-corner evangelists in the Midwest who yearns to join the upper crust. The production by the director Francesca Zambello could not be more gripping."


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