Gordon Getty - The Canterville Ghost | Pentatone PTC5186541

Gordon Getty - The Canterville Ghost

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186541

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 23rd June 2017

Contents

Artists

Alexandra Hutton (soprano)
Jean Broekhuizen (mezzo-soprano)
Denise Wernly (mezzo-soprano)
Rachel Marie Hauge (mezzo-soprano)
Timothy Oliver (tenor)
Jonathan Michie (baritone)
Anooshah Golesorkhi (baritone)
Matthew Trevino (bass)
Oper Leipzig
Gewandhausorchester

Conductor

Matthias Foremny

Works

Getty, Gordon

The Canterville Ghost: Opera in one act

Artists

Alexandra Hutton (soprano)
Jean Broekhuizen (mezzo-soprano)
Denise Wernly (mezzo-soprano)
Rachel Marie Hauge (mezzo-soprano)
Timothy Oliver (tenor)
Jonathan Michie (baritone)
Anooshah Golesorkhi (baritone)
Matthew Trevino (bass)
Oper Leipzig
Gewandhausorchester

Conductor

Matthias Foremny

About

The Canterville Ghost was first performed in 2015 at Leipzig Opera, with Matthias Foremny conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and an international cast of singers. This premiere recording invites us to witness again the delightful culture clash of the Old World invaded by modern Americans, set in a haunted mansion in Victorian England. The unhappy ghost of Sir Simon, who for centuries has tormented the mansion’s inhabitants, is no match for the new pragmatic owners. Sir Simon attempts to scare them away, but finds himself teased and terrorized by the stalwart Otis family instead. He ultimately finds peace and redemption with the help of young Virginia Otis. Getty’s libretto and music serve up the perfect balance of humour and humanity required to bring the much-loved story to life.

The American Opera Series seeks to highlight the rich and varied examples of how this imported art form has evolved in America.

“Wilde’s finest poetry is in his prose, and his finest prose is in his children’s stories. Most are dark. Sacrifice and heartbreak are the themes. The Canterville Ghost looks at the sunnier side. Virginia’s sacrifice, and the ghost’s heartbreak, reach the endings we hoped. Wilde was never in better form. Not many writers could have sent up the stolid Otises or the indignant Sir Simon so richly while leaving us in on their side throughout.
The Canterville Ghost is romantic comedy, though with heartbreak and redemption along the way. The dos and don’ts of romantic comedy are pretty much eternal. Wilde has given us one, in short story form, of unique beauty and genius. We laugh and cry, and are enriched. I added music, and some words, with the same intention.” - Gordon Getty

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