Early operas in the US, take 2

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piston
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Early operas in the US, take 2

Post by piston » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:51 pm

Looking at the Stanford database on opera (and oratorio) premieres, I selected this country and scanned the entries for the first four to five hundred operas in the USA. A lot of opera composer's names have come and gone, the vast majority of them before 1920. The name of Victor Herbert stands out at the turn of the century and he may be the only composer of opera music living in the USA whose works are still being recorded and found on youtube.

Then comes an entry for Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges, premiered in Chicago, on 30 December, 1921. It left Americans "dazed and wondering."

Was this the first opera premiere in the US written for an American opera company (and presumably an American public) by a great composer? Anything else worthy of careful attention before that? I'm sorry but Herbert's music does not strike me as worthy of careful attention...
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Re: Early operas in the US, take 2

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:48 pm

piston wrote:The name of Victor Herbert stands out at the turn of the century and he may be the only composer of opera music living in the USA whose works are still being recorded and found on youtube.
Yeah, well just try to find a YouTube of "I can't do that sum" from Babes in Toyland that wouldn't get me thrown off the board if I presented it here. :)

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