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Picker: Emmeline / Manahan, Racette, The Santa Fe Opera

Release Date: 03/24/1998 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 284/85   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tobias Picker
Performer:  Ginger InabinetLisa GriffithPatricia RacetteAnne-Marie Owens,   ... 
Conductor:  George Manahan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Opera OrchestraSanta Fe Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tobias Picker was born in New York City and studied at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and Princeton University. When he was eighteen, he was pianist for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Recently, Picker has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to compose an opera that will have its premiere in the fall of 2002. He has also been commissioned by the BBC to compose a cello concerto to be premiered in the summer of 1999. He is currently completing Fantastic Mr. Fox, an opera based on Roald Dahl's classic story which was commissioned for the Los Angeles Opera and will premiere on December 9, 1998. For its 40th anniversary season in 1996, the Santa Fe Opera gave the world premiere performances of Picker's first opera Emmeline. Read more The opera is inspired by Judith Rossner's novel about the true life story of Emmeline Mosher, a single mother forced to give up her baby son who unknowingly marries him twenty years later. Emmeline, which played to sold out houses, standing ovations and international critical acclaim, was nationally broadcast on PBS Great Performances in April 1997 and receives its New York premiere on March 31 at City Opera.

Here are some of the comments the critics made about the Santa Fe performances of Emmeline: Heidi Waleson in the Wall Street Journal said: "This summer the Santa Fe Opera struck gold with the American premiere of Emmeline." Jamie James in The Times, London said: "Picker has written a sensational, satisfying first opera...Emmeline, in its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera, is one of the most successful American operas in years." Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times, London said: "The unquestionable hit of the festival was Picker's Emmeline...accessible, exquisitely crafted, and it always serves the drama as both accompaniment and commentary. And what a drama!...A hugely enjoyable occasion that I would gladly relive." John J. O'Conner in The New York Times said: "Mr. Picker's score is ominously taut, punctuated with moving solos and duets...The production is stunningly spare. The singers are never less than impressive."

It goes without saying that Albany Records feels privileged to release this magnificent work by one of America's finest composers. The added presence of Patricia Racette who has been winning rave reviews lately is an added bonus. The sound on the recording is superb because it has been especially remixed for audio from the original masters just for this CD release.

R E V I E W S:

"Picker has written a sensational, satisfying first opera...Emmeline is one of the most successful American operas in years." (The Times) "One of the most powerful American operas to have appeared in this half-century..." (Village Voice)
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Works on This Recording

Emmeline by Tobias Picker
Performer:  Ginger Inabinet (Mezzo Soprano), Lisa Griffith (Soprano), Patricia Racette (Soprano),
Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano), Curt Peterson (Voice), Victor Ledbetter (Baritone),
Kevin Langan (Tenor), Josepha Gayer (Voice), Herbert Perry (Bass Baritone),
Melanie Sarakatsannis (Voice), Wright Moore (Voice), Michelle Bradley (Voice),
Gregory Keil (Voice), Mary Jane Kania (Voice), Shannon Roberts (Voice)
Conductor:  George Manahan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Opera Orchestra,  Santa Fe Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Live  Sante Fe Opera, New Mexico 
Length: 113 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 

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