Rappaccini's Daughter
Composer: Daniel Catán
Librettist: Juan Tovar
Other Artistic Personnel: Eduardo Diazmuñoz (Conductor)
Original Cast: Original Cast:
Encarnacion Vazquez (Beatriz)
Ignacio Clapes (Dr. Baglioni)
Jesús Suaste (Dr. Rappaccini)
Inmaculada Egido (Isabela)
Alfonso Orozco (Giovanni)

San Diego's Cast:
Oscar Samano (Dr. Rappaccini)
Fernando de la Mora (Giovanni)
Ellen Rabiner (Isabela)
Premiere Date: April 25, 1991
Producing Company: Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes
Description: The setting is Padua, Italy: The mysterious Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini is so pathologically possessive of his daughter that he makes her poisonous with a potion from his toxic garden. Flowers wither at her touch. This doesn't deter a medical student, Giovanni Guasconti, from falling in love with her. Concerned about Beatriz's toxicity, he arranges to get an antidote from his friend, the medical professor Dr. Baglioni. Giovanni goes to the garden to give Beatriz the antidote and realizes that he, too, has become toxic. Unselfishly, he hands the antidote to her. Her father warns Beatriz that she will die if she takes it, but she replies that it is better than being stuck in the garden for the rest of her life. Singing a final aria, she collapses at the foot of a tree, amid a shower of flowers.
Reviews: San Diego Daily Transcript, Gilda Mullette, 3-11-94; Gay and Lesbian Times, Don Kerne, 3-10-94; The Daily Californian, Pam Dixon, 3-10-94; The Orange County Register, Scott Duncan, 3-8-94; L.A. Times, Martin Bernheimer, 3-7-94; Excelsior (in Spanish), 3-4-94; Gay and Lesbian Times, Don Kerne, 3-3-94; The Orange County Register, Scott Duncan, 3-1-94; Opera Now, 3-94; The San Diego Union-Tribune (Currents), Valerie Scher and Preston Turegano 2-28-94; Excelsior (in Spanish), 2-25-94; San Diego Daily Transcript, Donna Lawrence, 2-25-94; La Prensa (San Diego), 2-18-94; San Diego Union-Tribune, Preston Turegano, 9-9-93
Length: 01:45
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: Considerable influence from Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande; richly lyrical; soaring orchestral motifs; the vocal writing has been likened to Richard Strauss and Puccini; beautiful, evocative orchestral colors with delicate percussion; fluidly tonal;
Contact: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Rappaccini's Daughter (Catán)
Wednesday, April 23, 1997 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
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