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Philip Glass: Orphée / Portland Opera

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Orphée, opera in 2 acts
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Notes & Reviews:

Orange Mountain Music presents the world premiere recording of Philip Glass' opera 'Orphee', performed by a renowned cast of soloists including Philip Cutlip as Orphee, Lisa Saffer as la Princesse and the Portland Opera Orchestra conducted by Anne Manson. Written in 1993, 'Orphee' was the first of a trilogy of operas that Glass composed on subjects by Jean Cocteau that includes 'La Belle et la Bete' and 'Les Enfants Terribles'. 'Orphee' is the last of the trilogy to be recorded, and receives fine treatment here with a Michael Riesman produced recording made from a series of live performances that took place in November 2009. This two-disc set includes a deluxe digipack, full libretto in French and English, color production photos and cast and performer biographies. The storyline is based on Cocteau's fascinating retelling of the Orpheus myth - an extended parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers.

"This wonderful work will surprise and please those who have found Philip Glass' operas slightly too Philip Glassy and will equally please committed fans of the composer... Anne Manson leads this live performance from the Portland Opera and makes the scene changes and mood changes clear: there is much overlapping between the real and the unreal and she allows us to follow it easily. Glass' sense of drama is at its best: mid-way through the opening, chatty, jazz-inflected party, Cegeste leaves and is killed by a motorcycle. Everything suddenly stops. It's just one of many coups de theatre that will keep you fascinated. Highest recommendation." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 11/2009.


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>Glass, Philip : Orphée, opera in 2 acts
  • Performers: Mark Acito (Voice); Jeffrey Beruan (Voice); Ron Brallier (Voice); Steven Brennfleck (Voice); Phillip Cutlip (Bass Baritone); Daryl Freedman (Voice); Mikhail Hallak (Voice); Carl Halvorson (Tenor); Georgia Jarman (Soprano); Konstantin Kvach (Voice); Ryan MacPherson (Voice); Jose Rubio (Voice); Lisa Saffer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anne Manson
  • Running Time: 98 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1993