Los Angeles Opera

Los Angeles Opera

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 1:00pm

Picture: A scene from II Postino

Credit: Los Angeles Opera

Tune in for the Los Angelos Opera world premiere of Daniel Cantán's II Postino.

Classical 91.5 is pleased to continue its summer opera broadcasts with the 2009-10 Los Angeles Opera season, Saturdays at 1 p.m. beginning July 16. Under the leadership of The Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo, the LA Opera has become the United States' fourth largest opera company and now "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times).

Classical 91.5 presents five full-length operas, and begins with the world premiere of Daniel Cantán's II Postino. This opera is based on the 1994 film, and stars Plácido Domingo as the poet Pablo Nerunda. In a tiny Italian fishing village, a shy young postman (Charles Castronovo) finds the inspiration to live out his dreams during his daily deliveries to his only customer, a famous poet. Also starring Amanda Squitieri, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, and Nancy Fabiola-Herrera.Grant Gershon conducts.



"Il Postino"

My comment is that I'm flabbergasted! I didn't think that such beauty of melodic line and arch could or was being composed in this day and age, some Jennifer Higdon to the contrary. I was also swept away by the orchestra's "tinta" in it's somewhat easy-going pace that alternated short fragments and phrases with long arioso passages. For some reason, though comparisons are odious, I thought of the orchestral texture and sonority of "L'Amico Fritz," which I think has nothing whatsoever else to do with "Il Postino," if the aforementioned. I envy those who saw the world premiere; and I hope further dissemination of this opera will be a reality via videos and/or the availability of the orchestra or study score to the general public. Mr. Domingo's heartfelt commitment was evident; and he obviously inspired the ensemble cast. After hearing "Il Postino" for the first time, I'd certainly like to hear "Rappacini's Daughter" and "Florencia de las Amazonas"(spelling?). Just for fun, I thought of those operas that are my favorites and hope stand the test of time that were written since "Turandot" which I consider the last great "classic" or "traditional" opera. In chronological order, they are "Wozzeck," "Die Dreigroschenoper," "Aufstieg und fall der stadt Mahagonny," "Giuditta" (yes, operetta, but still...),"Merry Mount," "The Second Hurricane," "Peter Grimes," "Trouble in Tahiti," "The Rake's Progres," "The Tender Land," "Vanessa," and, after 53 years, "Il Postino."

Il Postino

So glad you enjoyed Il Postino. The Metropolitan Opera is wonderful, but it is great to hear so many other wonderful opera companies from the U.S. bringing listeners some new repertoire as well. The LA Opera continues this Saturday with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and will continue to August 20th when the San Francisco Opera begins. Thanks to WFMT Radio Network for making year-round opera available to classical public radio stations throughout the U.S.

Keep listening and enjoy!

Ruth Phinney
WXXI-FM Program Director