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Jack Beeson: Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines

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>Beeson, Jack : Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, a Romantic Comedy in Music, opera
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So, what is Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines? Is it an opera? Yes, it is, but more specifically it is "A Romantic Comedy in Music." Based on the play by Clyde Fitch, Sheldon Harnick wrote the libretto for this opera that was first performed in 1975 by the Kansas City Lyric Theatre. Born in 1921, Jack Beeson became interested in opera after listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and as a teenager wrote a five-act libretto. His interest in opera revived while teaching at Columbia University and he has gone on to write 11 operas as well as works for orchestra, concert band, vocal and choral groups and solo and chamber music. He is the MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music at Columbia. This recording, originally issued on Columbia and long out of print, brings this delightful opera back to the catalog.

"How this charming "romantic comedy in music", as the composer calls it, escaped the pages of ARG it is hard to say. The recording dates from the opera's September 1975 premiere at the Lyric Theatre of Kansas City, Missouri, and has been out of circulations for quite a while. Now, at last, here it is in a spruced up reissue from Albany, complete with English libretto and a length essay by the composer... Beeson quotes some popular songs of the day (a catchy 'Bye, Bye, Blackbird'), some snippets of opera, and has a wealth of happy tunes of his own. It's all quite charming and enjoyable. Wilcox does a star turn as the grand diva, singing, acting, and camping all over the place. Jones is a sincere Jinks and Green a comic delight as Mapleson. There is much to love in this opera and recording." - American Record Guide

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Recording information: Lyric Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri.


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>Beeson, Jack : Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, a Romantic Comedy in Music, opera
  • Performers: Walter Hook (Voice); Brian Steele (Baritone); William Latimer (Voice); Ronald Highley (Voice); Robert Jones (Voice); Ralph Klapis (Voice); Mike Lindeman (Voice); Linda Sisney (Voice); Keith Harmon (Voice); Karen Yarmat (Voice); James Ditsch (Voice); George Livings (Voice); Carolyne James (Voice); Carol Wilcox (Voice); Carl Packard (Voice); Nancy Jones (Voice); Eugène Green (Bass)
  • Conductor: Russell Patterson
  • Running Time: 32 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1975