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.
"Margaret Catchpole" (1979) is an opera written by the British composer Stephen Dodgson, based on the life of an English woman convicted and sentenced to exile in Australia, towards the end of the 18th century.
Naxos has recently released a recording of the opera:
This week I listened to 2 contemporary french operas: 60e Parallele from 1997 by Philippe Manoury and Passion from 2008 by Pascal Dusapin. I really liked both, the second one I'd even recommend it to someone that is not so interested by contemporary music, it's not classical by any means, but it borrows some things from baroque opera. There are recordings on spotify of both, and here's a performance on Youtube of the Dusapin
During his long life, the Israeli composer (born in the German Empire, back in 1910) Josef Tal wrote eight operas, the first one in 1955, while the last one was premiered at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, in 1995.
This opera was "Josef", and we can watch it in Youtube:
"La página en blanco" was commissioned by Madrid's Teatro Real to the Spanish composer and singer Pilar Jurado. She wrote the opera, created a role for her to sing, and the piece was premiered back in 2011: