Il Postino
Composer: Daniel Catán
Librettist: Daniel Catán
Other Artistic Personnel: Grant Gershon (CONDUCTOR)
Ron Daniels (DIRECTOR)
Riccardo Hernandez (SCENERY AND COSTUME DESIGNER)
Jennifer Tipton (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Philip Bussmann (PROJECTION DESIGNER)
Grant Gershon (CHORUS MASTER)
Original Cast: Charles Castronovo (MARIO RUOPPOLO)
Plácido Domingo (PABLO NERUDA)
Amanda Squitieri (BEATRICE RUSSO)
Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (MATILDE NERUDA)
Vladimir Chernov (GIORGIO)
Nancy Fabiola-Herrera (DONNA ROSA)
José Adán Pérez (DI COSIMO/ANTONIO'S VOICE)
Premiere Date: September 23, 2010
Producing Company: Los Angeles Opera
Description:

When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda's student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario's poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.

The sounds of the Mediterranean come alive in Catán's stunningly beautiful, Puccini-esque score - a story of love in its many forms, set against a backdrop of conflicting political and spiritual ideologies.

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Character List (Major): Mario (tenor)
Beatrice (soprano)
Pablo Neruda (tenor)
Matilde, Pablo’s wife (soprano)
Donna Rossa, Beatrice’s Aunt (character mezzo)
Di Cosimo, politician (baritone)
Cura, priest (character tenor)
Mario's father (character baritone)
Giorgio, post master (bass-baritone)
Reviews: Domingo's tenor lifts respectable, but too literal, 'Il Postino' by Daniel Catán - The Washington Post 9/25/2010
Opera review: L.A. Opera premieres 'Il Postino' - Los Angeles Times 9/24/2010
Daniel Catan's `Il Postino' opens with Domingo - The Boston Globe 9/24/2010
L.A. Opera's 'Il Postino' on a Latin American high note - Los Angeles Times 10/19/2010
Video Clip:
Length: 02:05
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB
Orchestration: 3(pic).2(obda).2+bcl.2/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.2perc.pf.hp/str; Onstage banda: ssx.tpt.sous.perc.bandeon.
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2419&State_
Publisher Web Site: http://schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&State_
Schedule of Performances Listings
Il Postino (Catán)
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Los Angeles Opera
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