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There is no shortage of great American operas. Since I'm commenting off a thread on Thomas Pasatieri, I will say that two of his operas--Black Widow and Washington Square provided some of my most deeply rewarding operatic experiences. And then there's his teacher, Vittorio Giannini, who composed some 17 operas, of which the most famous is his adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew He was a great opera composer. And another Giannini student, Nicolas Flagello, wrote a handful of operas. Perhaps the most profoundly beautiful is The Judgment of St. Francis . But if we want to talk about even more recent operas, the discussion is not complete without mention of Daniel Catan's unforgettable Florencia en el Amazonas . All these operas demonstrate unequivocally that there are plenty of great American operas. And let's not forget about Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke --another great work.
 
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