Heggie - Great Scott | Erato 9029594078

Heggie - Great Scott

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029594078

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th January 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Joyce DiDonato
Ailyn Perez
Frederica Von Stade
Nathan Gunn
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Patrick Summers

Works

Heggie, Jake

Great Scott

Artists

Joyce DiDonato
Ailyn Perez
Frederica Von Stade
Nathan Gunn
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Patrick Summers

About

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 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.

Cast:
- Arden Scott: Joyce DiDonato
- Tatyana Bakst: Ailyn Pérez
- Winnie Flato: Frederica von Stade
- Sid Taylor: Nathan Gunn
- Roane Heckle: Anthony Roth Costanzo
- Eric Gold/Vittorio Bazzetti: Kevin Burdette
- Anthony Candolino: Rodell Rosel
- Wendell Swann: Michael Mayes

Reviews

It was always written in the stars that the librettist of two great American musicals – Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime – should collaborate with the most successful and most internationally recognised exponent of American opera, Jake Heggie, and this latest of their endeavours is a wholesale love-in of all that rocks their respective worlds. ... there is such a thing as American Opera – and it’s alive and well and living in the imagination of practitioners like Heggie and McNally.  Edward Seckerson
Gramophone February 2018

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