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    The American composer William Mayer wrote several operas, but his most successful by far was "A Death in the Family" (1983), after James Agee, first produced by the Minnesota Opera Company:


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    The recently deceased German conductor and composer Hans Zender, wrote three operas during his long career. This is the second one, "Don Quijote de la Mancha", written in 1993, and rewritten in 1999:


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    Alva Henderson completed his opera "Nosferatu", based in the film by F. W. Murnau, back in 1994.


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    After 5 years, we are organising in TC the next poll of Operas and Opera recordings. We are currently re-doing with a poll the Top 100+ Operas of all time, and any member with a consistent top can vote throughout the next months.

    This is a call for all the opera fans (I'm targeting both Baroque and Contemporary since the Late Romantic fans have voted massively) to vote in this poll, even come up with a rank of operas since the 100 most voted and recommended will lead to a Recordings poll that will be published next year and will remain sticky until a new poll is made, probably by 2025.

    Positions 1-10 will be settled this friday while the weekend will discuss their final position, and then continue to the next 10 (11-20).

    Visit The 2020 TC Top 100+ Most Recommended Operas List to read the rules and vote
    Visit Discussion: The 2020 Talk Classical Top Recommended Opera CDs and DVDs to discuss the voting issues about both operas and recordings

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    "Invisible Cities" (2014) is an opera by the American composer Christopher Cerrone, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, that was a candidate to the Pulitzer Prize. It's complete in youtube:


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    David Avidor and Nicole V. Gagné: AGAMEMNON


    Nicole V. Gagné, David Avidor, John Giorno, Rudolph Grey, Sussan Deyhim, Vera Beren, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Phil Minton, Roger Turner, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Julius Eastman, Charles K. Noyes, David Shea, Robert Ashley, Shelley Hirsch, Ned Sublette, Arto Lindsay

    "David Avidor and I created AGAMEMNON to be an opera specifically for disk rather than live performance. All the musicians were recorded individually, from December of 1986 through December 1988. The vocalists were given only the text of their own character’s lines and recorded their tracks without hearing the music of any other players." - Nicole V. Gagné

    A very interesting lineup of performers. My favorite is this part by Blue Gene Tyranny, though it is very short.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE2rA0WuD6Y

    And this by Beren and Ashley.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euwu92H3EMc

    full opera
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis..._G0Y9P0FbZDGwo

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    "Radek" (2006), chamber opera by the Austrian composer Richard Dünser:


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    From the Mexican composer Marcela Rodríguez, we can listen a fragment of her chamber opera "Séneca, o todo nos es ajeno", written in 1993:


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    From what I've seen it is often dramatic in a theater, but I with the exception of Britten, I wouldn't want to listen to most of them in the car for repeat listenings.

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    Manotskov - 'Tchaadsky' (2017)



    Schedrin - 'Dead Souls' (1976)


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    Andy Pape was born in California, but moved to Denmark while still a young man, and he is now composer in residence at The Odense Symphony Orchestra


    "Leonora Christine, Dronning Af Blaataarn", opera in two acts (1998):


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    The late Hungarian composer Attila Bozay wrote in 1985 his opera "Csongor és Tünde", based in the play by Mihály Vörösmarty, that was also recorded by Hungaroton:


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