In a message dated 10/15/2000 5:57:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<< John Ardoin's notes in the Naxos set plead for a modern recording of Merry
Roger and List,
Well, a recording was made of the Seattle production of a few years ago.
Unfortunately, union negotiations etc. have had the recording sitting in
limbo ever since. I've heard the tapes, and they certainly would make a
wonderful contribution to the recorded America Opera Repertoire.
As to the "Great American Opera" - I really think that PORGY AND BESS
certainly occupies that position. However, I must make mention of
Liebermann's recent opera THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. It's been quite a
while since I have been so impressed with a contemporary score: it actually
has arias, ensembles etc. - - and is one of the few modern scores that I look
forward to hearing again and again. IMVHO, it far outshines Gatsby, View
from the Bridge, Streetcar, McTigue and several other recent endeavors.