by Daniel Catán
April 10,11,12(matinee), 13, 2015
Opera preview lecture 45 minutes
Lose yourself in Dr. Rappaccini’s enticing garden, which is not only filled with his experimental poisonous plants, but also contains his equally lethal, yet seductive, daughter. Based on a Nathaniel Hawthorne story as retold by the Nobel Prize winning Octavio Paz, the opera explores a Garden of Eden gone awry with lush, sinfully sensuous music awash in orchestral color. This is the last in our series of all of the completed operas of Daniel Catán.
Sung in the original Spanish with English surtitles.
- Audio excerpts and information
- Biography of the composer, Daniel Catán
- Audio of act one aria of Beatriz.
- NPR piece on the composer
- Moores Opera Center preview of Catan’s opera Il Postino.
- Article about Rappaccini’s Daughter in Los Angeles.
- Gotham Chamber Opera’s production including video of tenor aria
- Opera News review of Gotham Chamber Opera production
- About Octavio Paz, whose play inspired the opera.