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Heggie: Great Scott / DiDonato, Perez, von Stade, Gunn, Summers, Dallas Opera

Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 566014  
Composer:  Jake Heggie
Performer:  Frederica Von StadeNathan GunnJoyce DiDonatoAilyn Pérez,   ... 
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Opera OrchestraDallas Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Great Scott, the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano, one of today’s best-loved classical singers, creates a role conceived specifically with her in mind. The character she plays, Arden Scott, just happens to be an opera star, and she is the lynchpin of what Fred Plotkin of WQXR, the USA’s leading classical music radio station, welcomed as a “deeply moving and musically brilliant work” that “should enter the standard repertory just as Heggie’s two previous masterpieces – Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick – already have”.

Jake Heggie, who has been described as US opera’s most successful composer, chose the celebrated playwright Terence McNally as his librettist for
Read more Great Scott. The two previously collaborated on the gripping Dead Man Walking, which has become something of a modern classic since its premiere in 2000. Joyce DiDonato first performed its central role, Sister Helen Prejean, at New York City Opera in 2002 and will do so again in concert stagings in London and Madrid in January/February 2018, coinciding with the album release of Great Scott. Read less

Works on This Recording

Great Scott by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Nathan Gunn (Baritone), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Opera Orchestra,  Dallas Opera Chorus

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