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