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Hartke: The Greater Good / Robertson, Worra, Abraham, et al

Album Summary

>Hartke, Stephen : The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif, opera in 2 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Naxos' release of Glimmerglass Opera's production of Stephen Hartke's The Greater Good, or The Passion of Boule de Suif, is an important contribution to the archive of recorded American opera... It's to Hartke's credit that he hasn't written a light comedy. His music has enough edge and thorniness that the audience is never lulled into sympathy for any of the characters, except Boule herself, whose music reflects her expansiveness and generosity. There's a sophisticated cleverness, particularly in the light and inventive orchestration, which points up the drollery of various situations, but Hartke never writes at the level of easy humor. His text setting is basically lyrical, but seldom blossoms into full-throated bel canto melody. The cast is uniformly fine in its vivid characterizations of the individuals thrown together under such adverse circumstances. Soprano Caroline Worra, as Boule, stands out for the richness of her voice and the warmth of her portrayal. Stewart Robertson deftly leads the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra through Hartke's mercurial score." -All Music


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>Hartke, Stephen : The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif, opera in 2 acts
  • Performers: John Haan (Voice); Christine Abraham (Mezzo Soprano); Jeanine Thames (Soprano); Jill Gardner (Soprano); Matthew Worth (Baritone); Elaine Alvarez (Soprano); Dorothy Byrne (Mezzo Soprano); Liam Moran; Katherine Calcamuggio; Andrew Wentzel (Bass Baritone); Seth Keeton (Bass Baritone); Christopher Burchett (Baritone); Christian Reiner; Caroline Worra (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stewart Robertson
  • Ensemble: Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown, New York, NY, Unites States (07/30/2006/08/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006