Notes & Reviews:
John Harbison's Winter's Tale is a two-act opera with libretto adapted by the composer from Shakespeare's five-act The Winter's Tale. First premiered in 1979, the opera was revised in 1991 and had its world premiere of the complete revised version with BMOP in 2009. A story of jealousy and deceit, misunderstandings and forgiveness, Harbison sets the classic tale to a score at times frenetic and then languorous, and adds six "Dumbshows" - devices to streamline narrative.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The recording seems to be just what the composer wanted. Voices are strong, the orchestra incisive. The complex genesis of the opera (1972-2005) is charmingly related by the composer in the notes. A libretto in English is also included.
Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (03/23/2009-03/24/2009).
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Works DetailsHarbison, John : Winter's Tale, opera
- Conductor: Gil Rose
- Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (03/23/2009-03/24/2009)
- Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 1974