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Michael Dellaira (b.1949): The Death of Webern, opera / Kevin Short; Eric McConnell; Chris O'Connor; Tony Boutté; Zaray Rodriguez; Mia Rojas; Ana Collado

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>Dellaira, Michael : The Death of Webern, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

It is the obsession of musicologist Hans Moldenhauer to uncover the truth in the killing of Anton Webern by American soldiers in 1945 that drives The Death of Webern, the second collaboration between composer Michael Dellaira and librettist J.D. McClatchy. Webern's brief, luminous compositions altered the course of 20th century music and Dellaira's score contains some wonderful moments of homage as well as moments when Dellaira's writing approaches a Webernlike aesthetic. Dellaira, however, is not beholden to a single style -- he veers seamlessly from dodecaphony to lyrical tonality, from severity to wistfulness and nostalgia, from a passage of lovely Bach-like polyphony to lines reminiscent of 20th century minimalism. Michael Dellaira's other operas include The Secret Agent, which won the Armel International Opera Festival's Laureat. Chéri was a finalist for the American Academy of Arts & Letters Richard Rodgers Award and his monodrama Maud was awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Award. This world premiere recording is performed by a cast and chamber orchestra from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, conducted by Alan Johnson.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami - Coral Gables (04/22/2015-04/24/2015).


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>Dellaira, Michael : The Death of Webern, opera
  • Performer: Kevin Short (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alan Johnson
  • Ensemble: Frost School of Music Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL, USA (04/22/2015-04/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2011