“The Marriage of Figaro” program notes by David Cranmer

La pazza giornata o sia il matrimonio di Figaro   Introduction In the 21st century we are accustomed to the notion of a repertoire of operatic works drawn from the past, of recognised interest and merit, that have come to constitute a ‘canon’. Were we to go back to 18th-century
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“Pygmalion” Program Notes by William Berger

Pygmalion is another telling of the popular myth of the sculptor whose love for the statue he has carved is so intense that it is vivified by the gods to love him in return. The myth has been told famously by Ovid in his Metamorphoses (the Phoenician roots of the
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“Blue Monday” Program Notes by William Berger

In 1922, the 23-year-old George Gershwin was already creating a name for himself in the New York music world of Tin Pan Alley. Songsmiths of this milieu were expected to churn out quantities of ditties for any occasion, and especially for the “revue” style of Broadway shows. Before the advent
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