Notes & Reviews:
Released on Composers Concordance records, Manhattan in Charcoal, composed by Gene Pritsker and based on a libretto by Jacob Miller, explores the life and loves of a New York City artist in the early days of the 21st c. who, despite being broke and lacking recognition, struggles to find his way, retain his integrity and, in the meantime, not go entirely crazy. In its dramatic conclusion, the triumph of Manhattan in Charcoal resonates with the unanswerable questions the opera leaves us to consider regarding art and love, and the survival and durability of both.
American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The soloists are quite adequate and I enjoyed the work. It is a curious style sometimes, where the two singers join to sing something that only the one should have sung. The musical setting makes this seem coherent musically.
Recording information: Bunker Studio.
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Works DetailsPritsker, Gene : Manhattan in Charcoal, chamber opera
- Performers: Charles Coleman; Lynn Norris; Arnie Rodriguez; Doug Shapiro; Eleanor Taylor
- Ensemble: Manhattan in Charcoal Musicians
- Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary