Notes & Reviews:
"27" An Opera in Five Acts, owes its origins to the friendship between soprano Stephanie Blythe and the artistic director of the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, James Robinson. They decided to commission one of Blythe's favorite composers, Ricky Ian Gordon, to create a new work for her. Gordon presented his idea of a fantasy on Gertrude Stein as a potential subject and "27" was born. 27 refers to the address of Stein's salon in Paris, 27 rue de Fleurus. Virgil Thomas said of that address that, "Every story that ever came into the house eventually got told in Alice's way, and [that became] its definitive version." Ricky Ian Gordon, long interested and perhaps obsessed with Gertrude Stein, had always wanted to write an opera about Stein and Alice Toklas. He found the perfect librettist in Royce Vavrek, a Brooklyn-based writer of opera, musical theater, and concert works. This recording was made at the world premiere performances of the work in Saint Louis.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Blythe dominates the proceedings with hearty singing, a robust personality, and involvement. Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, all of the company's Gerdine Young Artist program, fill numerous roles with aplomb. Christie leads the St Louis Symphony in a merry romp.
Recording information: The Loretto-Hilton Center Virginia Jackson Browning The (06/2014).
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Works DetailsGordon, Ricky I. : 27, opera in 5 acts
- Performers: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Elizabeth Futral (Voice)
- Conductor: Michael Christie
- Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 2014