Notes & Reviews:
Dominick Argento, considered by many to be America's pre-eminent composer of lyric opera, was born in 1927. He studied at Peabody and the Eastman School of Music. He is professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for 40 years. Although Argento's instrumental works have received consistent praise, the great majority of his music is vocal. This emphasis on the human voice is a facet of the powerful dramatic impulse that drives nearly all of his music.
" Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco was premiered in 1971 and has remained in the repertoire as much as any newer American opera seems able to do. The piece is sweet, lyrical, funny, stimulatingly perplexing, and hard to classify. And this is all to the good...This is a live performance by student singers at Curtis, who are all excellent. This is very much an ensemble piece, but I have to mention mezzo Rinnat Moriah, in an aria of whose language I have no idea (it may be made up, or Esperanto, or...not even Internet searches can help me, so any reader is welcome to chime in). Also Brian Zachary Porter takes up the challenge of Mr. Owen with confidence and poignancy...There is a certain amount of background ambient hum and audience laughter at appropriate moments (the piece is quite funny; I guffawed a few times myself)...If you don't know this piece, then you should definitely purchase this disc. Postcard is a gem, unassuming on the surface but in fact a carefully wrought and subversive little masterpiece." - Robert Carl, Fanfare
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Works DetailsArgento, Dominick : Postcard from Morocco, opera
- Performers: Evan Hughes; Rinnat Moriah; Tammy Coil; Brian Porter; Joshua Stewart; Amanda Majeski; Elliot Madore
- Conductor: Rossen Milanov
- Ensemble: Curtis Chamber Ensemble
- Notes: Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, PA (04/19/2007-04/22/2007)
- Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1971
- Studio/Live: Live