Menotti: The Consul / Hickox, Bullock, Spoleto Festival
Menotti writes both words and music for most of his operas, resulting in an extraordinarily well-suited marriage of words and music. His sense for setting the English language--particularly for a non-native speaker--is finely tuned, and his vocal lines are always sensitive to both the notes and the words, rather than the music dragging the text along.
This recording of 'The Consul' comes from a production produced and directed by Menotti at the Spoleto Festival in 1998. The presence of the composer and the keen musical and dramatic aspects of the conductor and performers make this an excellent set.
Catalog Number: CHAN 9706(2)
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spoleto Festival Orchestra
Performer: Charles Austin, Giovanna Manci, Graeme Broadbent, Herbert Eckhoff, Jacalyn Kreitzer, John Horton Murray, Louis Otey, Malin Fritz, Robin Blitch Wiper, Susan Bullock, Victoria Livengood