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Contemporary American Operas

Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: OA 1179BD  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinJohn AdamsPhilip Glass
Performer:  Karl DaymondStephanie NovacekEric OwensThomas Glenn,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul DanielLawrence RenesDennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London SinfoniaNetherlands Opera ChorusNetherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This special set brings together three of America's most lauded contemporary operas: John Adams's Dr. Atomic, a riveting morality drama centering on J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists at the test site of the world's first atomic bomb explosion in New Mexico; The Perfect American, Philip Glass’s striking portrayal of the "real" Walt Disney, based on a series of reflections and memories which take place during the icon's final cancer-ridden months; and the 2001 cinematic film version of Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein's one-act satire on American suburban married life, its jazz- and musical comedy-inspired score then a path-breaking fusion of lyric art with popular entertainment. Consummate Read more direction (with librettist Peter Sellars at the helm for Dr. Atomic), compelling designs, brilliant casting and stand-out performances – among them Gerald Finley's Oppenheimer and Christopher Purves's Walt Disney – unite these three very different works which collectively reflect the astonishing variety of style and form that characterizes 20th-century opera.

Running Time: 426 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: EN/FR/D/ES/IT/NE/JP/KO
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Works on This Recording

Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Karl Daymond (Baritone), Stephanie Novacek (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Doctor Atomic by John Adams
Performer:  Eric Owens (Baritone), Thomas Glenn (Tenor), Jessica Rivera (Soprano),
Richard Paul Fink (Bass Baritone), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Jay Hunter Morris (Voice),
James Maddalena (Baritone), Ellen Rabiner (Alto)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
The Perfect American by Philip Glass
Performer:  Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Janis Kelly (Soprano), David Pittsinger (Bass),
Christopher Purves (Bass), Donald Kaasch (Tenor), Marie McLaughlin (Soprano),
Nazan Fikret (Voice), Rosie Lomas (Voice)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Improbable Skills Ensemble

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