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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Terry Teachout visits Santa Fe in preparation for the 2009 premier of his opera (well, his libretto). The Letter will be composed by Paul Moravec and is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Says Teachout:
If you don't know the plot in any of its various manifestations, take it from me, it's the stuff operas are made of. Lust, betrayal, murder, blackmail...what's not to like? I feel like singing already. Paul and I are shaping it into a very tight structure (ninety minutes, no intermission) that we hope will have the feel of a film noir and the punch of a verismo opera. Think Tosca or Carmen directed by Jacques Tourneur and you'll get the idea.
It's rather gratifying that Moravec refers to Santa Fe as an American Bayreuth. Ongoing progress reports are listed on the right sidebar of Mr. Teachout's web site. This one has a lot of potential. Get tickets early! In fact, 2009 would be a great season to indulge in subscription seats. Besides The Letter, they're doing Gluck's Alceste (more Gluck, please!), Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Don Giovanni and La Traviata with Natalie Dessay: stellar, and all new productions except the Mozart.

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Lance and I just ordered our subscription for Seattle Opera: Aida, Marriage of Figario (I love me some Mozart:), Bluebeard's Castle & The Woman (I think I have the title right), Pearl Fishers, and Electra. Then we get the RING cycle in 2009!
But I really like Maugham's plots - but can never pronounce his name. Let us know how it goes.

And per your previous post, I am either a sonnet or blank verse - and an interesting quiz (who on earth would throw a cat from a building?).
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