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HAGEN, D.: Shining Brow [Opera] (Orth, Harris, Frankenberry, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Hagen, Daron Aric
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.669020-21
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s first, and highly successful, opera is based on the life of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin (Welsh for ‘Shining Brow’), the home he built for himself in Wisconsin. Popular with audiences and critics alike, Shining Brow has been hailed as a masterpiece full of fresh ideas, and is frequently performed. ‘Hagen has a gift for the big tune, and he serves up some beauties’ (New York Times). ‘Its libretto is unusually inventive and poetic’ (Capital Times).


Review By ,Orpheus,January 2010


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Regarded as one of the most successful American operas in the second half of the 20th century, Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow, relates an episode in the life of the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It comes at a very difficult time for opera, those still working in lyric tonality often finding little to offer that is new, while hard-core modernists find themselves cut-off from opera audiences. Hagen has gone down the first path, composing a score that readily communicates, the opera built from conventional arias, choruses and orchestral interludes. The story relates the affair between Wright and Mamah, the wife of a couple whose house he has designed. They elope, but she soon realises he is wedded to his life as an innovative architect. Tragedy strikes



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