Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy

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Franz Waxman (1906-1967) after Georges Bizet (1838-1875) Carmen Fantaisie  ‘Fannie Hurst’s MOST DYNAMIC CHAPTERS SURGE TO Glowing LIFE!’ So said the trailer for the 1946 Warner Bros. movie adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s novel Humoresque. The ‘most vibrant LOVE STORY EVER TOLD’ (to quote again from the trailer), it was meant to dramatize the three-way tug […]

Doors slamming shut – where to for American opera?

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The following is a reprint of an article that appeared in The Podium, the e-newsletter of Symphony Services International on 4 July 2011. ‘Crisis’. That’s the word you most often hear when someone in the US describes the state of opera in America these days. ‘Our donors are going gray’; ‘We’re one donor from disaster!’ […]