July 01, 2007
RICHARD DANIELPOUR: Margaret Garner Opera Carolina Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; Opera Carolina Chorus Stefan Lano, conductor CAST: Denyce Graves (Margaret Garner); Eric Greene (Robert Garner); Angela Renee Simpson (Cilla); Michael Mayes (Edward Gaines); Mark T. Panuccio (Casey); Inna Dukach (Caroline Gaines); Jonathan Boyd (George Hancock); Dale Bryant (Auctioneer) The historical Margaret Garner was a Kentucky slave who became famous for killing her own daughter to save her from continued abuse at the hands of slave-owners. Her story became the basis for Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel "Beloved". Morrison also wrote the libretto for this moving opera by Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour. The production from Charlotte, NC, features Denyce Graves, who originated the title role. World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of the 17th century; the comic, political and social satires of the 18th century; the "bel canto" masterpieces of Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini; the revolutionary 19th-century works of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner; and, of course, operas in the "true-to-life" verismo style of Puccini and Mascagni. World of Opera goes beyond the traditional, operatic vernacular to showcase opera as anything but an elitist form of art. As the series reveals, opera has been to past centuries what the cinema is to us today: a star-studded, multi-faceted, multi-media form of entertainment, and one that people return to over and over again. In fact, opera is as popular today as it ever has been.