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Lee Hoiby: Summer and Smoke

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>Hoiby, Lee : Summer and Smoke, opera in 2 acts
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This is a world premiere recording of Lee Hoiby's 1971 two-act opera, with libretto by Lanford Wilson, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Lee Hoiby, who died on April 8, 2011, was best known as a composer of operas and songs, although he was a child prodigy as a pianist, studying at the University of Wisconsin with Gunnar Johansen and Egon Petri. But on the verge of a career as a concert pianist, he received a scholarship to study composition with Gian Carlo Menotti. His immense contribution to American music, particularly opera and song repertoire is recognized by American singers everywhere. His style is an elegant and unobvious bridging of the lyrical works of Verdi and Gershwin.

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Recording information: Manhattan School Of Music (2010).


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>Hoiby, Lee : Summer and Smoke, opera in 2 acts
  • Performers: Nicole Wiegelt (Voice); Robert Mellon (Voice); Anna Viemeister (Voice); Brian Wahlstrom (Voice); Salim Abed (Voice); Nickoli Strommer (Voice); Sophia Benedetti (Voice); Samatha Korbey (Voice); Steve Gokool (Voice); Greg Hoyt (Voice); Satchell Beer (Voice); Vera Rees (Voice); Sam Rodd (Voice); Allyson Herman (Voice); Anna Lawrence (Voice); Audean Farmer (Voice); Briana Hunter (Voice); Josh Agosto (Voice); Ivan Miller (Voice); Lindsey Fraser (Voice); Chloe Niemann (Voice); Chris Lucier (Voice); Jonathan Myers (Voice); Nicholas Connolly (Voice); Michael O'Halloran (Voice); Matthew Montana (Voice); Claire Coolen (Voice); Maria Hernandez (Voice); Heather Boaz (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Osgood
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1971