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Michael Dellaira (contemporary): The Secret Agent, opera / Center for Contemporary Opera, Sara Jobin

Album Summary

>Dellaira, Michael : The Secret Agent, opera
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded at the premiere performance by the Center for Contemporary Opera in March, 2011, The Secret Agent, with libretto by J.D. McClatchy based on Joseph Conrad's story, has since been presented at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and the Opéra Théatre d'Avignon in France. Though the original story was written in 1907, it remains chillingly relevant today in our terror-haunted world. OnStage noted that "... in the tradition of "Makropulos Affair," "From the House of the Dead," "Wozzeck" and "Pelléas et Mélisande" - its music is urgent, agitated and intense, with occasional lyrical interludes." This is composer Michael Dellaira's third opera and his first collaboration with the noted librettist J.D. McClatchy.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Secret Agent is a novel written by Joseph Conrad in 1907 about an 1894 attempt to blow up the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Conrad had also tweaked the story when he adapted the novel into a play, and Michal Dellaira and JD McClatchy take both of these sources into account in their setting of the story as an opera. Its subject matter has particular resonance in a post-September 11th world. This is a recording of the premiere performance in October of 2011 in New York, just after the anniversary. The harmonic language is highly tonal, and the style is accessible, with clear phrases and simple structure.


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Works Details

>Dellaira, Michael : The Secret Agent, opera
  • Conductor: Sara Jobin
  • Ensemble: Center for Contemporary Opera
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta