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Posted by Ralph Moore on January 16, 2017, 5:50 pm, in reply to "(no subject)"
Edited by board administrator January 17, 2017, 12:02 pm
I share Martin Walker's enthusiasm for "Iris" and have elsewhere reviewed glowingly excellent recordings of it conducted by Patané and Questa, but I think he is being rather hard on our knowledgeable colleague Bob Farr insofar as two recent, successful productions, however welcome, do not really alter the bigger picture of the longstanding, historical neglect of most of Mascagni's other operas. I do indeed hope that they signal a sustained re-evaluation and revival so that more of them appear regularly in the standard performing repertoire of the big houses. "L'amico Fritz" was beautifully performed at Holland Park in 2011, but with the exception of the two recent productions Martin cites, you can wait a long time for any others to come along. I for one would like to hear "Silvano"; there's a first rate studio recording on the Elysium label conducted by Peter Tiboris starring the under-rated tenor Joseph Wolverton.
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