Thomas Pasatieri: Divas Of A Certain Age

Release Date: 5/30/2006
Label: Albany
Catalog Number: 847
Conductor: Jay Meetze
Orchestra/Ensemble: Opera Company of Brooklyn
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Here are three comedies, featuring divas of a “certain age” and the devoted, exasperated, long-suffering people who adore them. Thomas Pasatieri, one of America's most revered opera and song composers, entered Juilliard at 16 and eventually became the school's first recipient of a doctoral degree. Among his 19 operas are Black Widow (1972), The Trial of Mary Lincoln (1972), Washington Square (1976) and The Seagull (1972, available on TROY579/80). Producer John Ostendorf writes, “Tom Pasatieri's work was all the rage in the 1970's when we were both young musicians newly-arrived in New York. I knew of the glamorous Ashley Putnam at the time, but best remember the incandescent singing of Sheri Greenawald…Both sopranos both still look and sound terrific and must be applauded at undertaking and recording new roles when each is more-or-less “retired” from the diva business…As for the notion on this CD, “Divas of a Certain Age,” they are easily identifiable in the first two works. But they can also be spotted in Signor Deluso: the interesting character Rosine, a blowsy maid who states her claim early in the “I need a man” song, and the compelling Mae West type, Clara, who is more attracted to the young tenor than to the old Mr. Deluso, but still concludes that all men are 'cads.' Anyway, the results are wonderful. It was a joy- and a hoot -to be in on it all.”
Works on This Recording
1. Divas of a Certain Age by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer: Sheri Greenawald (Soprano), Thomas Pasatieri (Piano), Ashley Putnam (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
2. La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer: Sheri Greenawald (Soprano), Ryan Kinsella (Tenor), Eric Margiore (Tenor), Ashley Putnam (Soprano)
Conductor: Jay Meetze
Orchestra/Ensemble: Opera Company of Brooklyn
Period: 20th Century
3. Signor Deluso by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer: Alissa Rose (Soprano), Laurie Seely (Mezzo Soprano), Luke Grooms (Tenor), Walter Du Melle (Bass), Leslie Anne Friend, Bryan Davis, Eric Margiore (Tenor), Jordan Shanahan (Baritone)
Conductor: Jay Meetze
Orchestra/Ensemble: Opera Company of Brooklyn
Period: 20th Century
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