Notes & Reviews:
Conrad Susa's three-act opera with libretto by Philip Littell, is based on the scandalous 18th century novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, a tale of decadence and revenge told entirely in letters. The plot of The Dangerous Liaisons revolves around the vengeful widow Marquise de Merteuil, who has managed to keep her reputation despite her many amorous affairs, and her sometime lover the Vicomte de Valmont, a well-born rake who does her bidding. The ripple effect of their schemes and amorous exploits results in the deaths of both Valmont and the woman he truly loves, the saintly Madame de Tourvel. Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, Susa's massive score was reduced by Bob Schuneman in 2008 and it is this version that is heard on the recording. The Dangerous Liaisons was recorded live at the acclaimed 2015 Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater production.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater (2015).
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Works DetailsSusa, Conrad : The Dangerous Liaisons, opera
- Conductor: George Manahan
- Ensemble: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
- Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1994