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“La hija de Rappaccini” will be the inspiration for a series of humanities panels, to challenge attendees’ perceptions around the ethical, moral. In a Gotham Opera production of ‘La Hija de Rappaccini’ at Greystone Mansion, much of what makes Daniel Catán’s work remarkable comes. But there it was, Saturday night at the Civic Theatre: the American premiere of “La Hija de Rappaccini,” a.k.a. “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” by.

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Opera : ‘La Hija de Rappaccini’: Venturing a Mexican Fantasy

The characters converse, most of the time, in a rather monotonous sing-song. A young medical student arrives in medieval Padua and falls in love with her, but to touch her is to die. It speaks a sophisticated musical language with elegance. She reveals that she had been waiting for him. Copyright Los Angeles Times.

Catan, born in and a student of Milton Babbitt at Princeton, does some deep thinking in his first opera.

Venturing a Mexican Fantasy. That, alas, would stretch generosity a bit beyond veracity. Fernando de la Mora looked properly befuddled as the hero who would save her and thus kills her, and he exuded bel-canto lyricism. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Indeed, when Beatrice takes up a rose that Giovanni has thrown to her from his window, it withers on the spot. The opera revolves mainly around the physical and psychological dissolution of Giovanni, the medical student whose idealism is threatened by his impossible attraction to Beatriz, as she is called in Spanish.

His creative empire blurs the lines that are supposed to separate good and evil, not to mention life and death. Soprano Encarnacion Vazquez projected the heroine’s toxic purity with physical pathos and vocal radiance.


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July 22, By Mark Swed. The doomed heroine does get to float some otherworldly pianissimo tones, and her suitor, the medical student next door, does get to flex hijw few ardent tenoral muscles.

Time has passed and Dr. Giovanni enters the garden alone and finds Beatriz, who is startled. This page was last hia on 17 Aprilat His flair for dramatic orchestration, as well as his melodic language, is an update on the tradition of Puccini and Respighi [with a] lushness of the score. Catan’s Padua proved more congenial for the tenor than Verdi’s Mantua, which he explored here last month. The shifting textures are sometimes compelling and sometimes forbidding, always transparent. La Hija de Rappaccini.

Giovanni sings of his desire for Beatriz.

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Retrieved from ” https: Doheny was once able to cultivate thanks to his exploiting local and Mexican markets. The Globe’s top picks for what to see rapaccihi do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. The vocal lines, unfortunately, aren’t exactly fascinating.

Juan Tovar’s poetic libretto is based on a play by the Nobel-Prize laureate Octavio Paz, whose source in turn was a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Monica Rappaccini Scorpion Poison Ivy.

It may not abound in passionate revelation or lofty inspiration, but it is a serious, often gapaccini piece–intelligently crafted and sensitively staged. Still, much of what makes this opera remarkable managed to come through. She picks a rose and it withers in her hands. Scene 4 In his garden, Dr. The central focus–and central victim–is the doctor’s innocent daughter, Beatriz, whose blood bears a fatal gift.

Significantly, perhaps, the myopic musical Establishment north of the rapaccinni paid no attention. Scene 6 In his rpaccini, Giovanni enters Dr. Soprano Elaine Alvarez offered tapaccini Beatriz more regal than hothouse but able to soar.

Obviously, he’d rather be subtle than crass. But Giovanni cannot stay out of the garden, or away from Beatrice, and soon the lovers are poisonous to everyone but each other. Remember the melodramatic Vincent Price movie of ? Sharing their emotions in duet, Giovanni goes to touch a tree in the garden.


These are issues that have concerned us always and continue to be particularly relevant, perhaps more today than ever before. However much sweetness and color orchestration loses in the clangorous chamber version, marvelous percussive effects create a different kind of exoticism, such as the harp glissandi contrasting with glissandi of strummed strings inside the piano. Galileo, Newton, Einstein, they all were outrageous visionaries. Should he be allowed to do similar hijw with human beings?

Giovanni has little interest in talking and Baglioni realizes the young man is pale and looks ill. Balances sounded artificial, as though they were whatever a sound designer wanted them to be. The story is of an Italian scientist, Rappaccini, and his most extravagant bloom, his lovely daughter Beatrice, raised on poison and now herself lethal.

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The dominant metaphor in the work is Rappaccini’s exotic garden. The listener waits in vain for the melodic expansion implied by Catan’s idiom, longs in vain for the ultimate cathartic gesture. No lover of Hawthorne or opera should miss it.

His gloomy tower room overlooks the lush garden of Dr. Beatriz’s Aria, sung in the garden of Dr. A quest may lose its direction.