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ALDRIDGE, R.L.: Elmer Gantry [Opera] (Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley, Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Boggs)

Composer(s):Aldridge, Robert Livingston
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.669032-33
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 13.98
 

 


Set just before World War I, Sinclair Lewis’s incendiary novel Elmer Gantry tells a story of old-time religion, illicit romance and revenge. Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s operatic adaptation is a ‘marvelous amalgam of toe-tapping accessibility’ (Opera News) full of hymns, gospel songs, marches and dance, evoking the period in a score which echoes Gershwin and Copland. This all-American production combines a first-rate cast of singers and a world-class orchestra for ‘an intoxicating experience’ (The New York Times).


   




Review By Ken Smith,Gramophone,December 2011

I’d give my opera-loving friends this prime contender for the mantle of All-American Opera, where a virile baritone, a mercurial mezzo and a fiery and somewhat strident tenor meet various choruses of school fight songs and syncopated gospel hymns. For once, an all-American story rendered operatically in purely American terms.



Review By Record Geijutsu,November 2011


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Review By Karin Coper,Orpheus,November 2011

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