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I took the plunge and quoted a critical assessment that read: 'His meteoric
success of the 1940's and early 1950's was not sustained into
the 1960's and '70's.' Was this due to his working commitment
towards the Spoleto Festival, formed some 42 years ago? Having listened
to Maria Golovin (1958) - the RCA recording is now a collector's
item - and enjoyed it, I didn't quite understand the cold reception
from critics, public and management.
'I like that opera, but one of my best pieces is La Loca
(1979). You don't know it? I wrote it for Beverley Sills and.....she
gave a horrible performance. So, I never published it as I wanted to make
corrections and am very lazy about correcting proofs.' He completed
them one month ago and it now awaits publication. How did he rate Goya
(1986) beside it - composed at the request of Placido Domingo?
'Goya, I also like except for the third act - it is somewhat
overwritten. But I wrote an opera, really a little operetta, and a charming
work - The Hero (1976) - for the World Fair in Brussels. About
the same time as I wrote my Suite for two Celli and my songs for
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - the last year she sang'. Food for thought!.
And there's Martin's Lie (CHAN 9605), an opera
for children. 'Yes, but what that critic said about the operas I wrote
- they brought something new. The productions, the staging, revolutionised
them a little bit. Then they got used to Menotti! As you know there are
composers who go up, and down.' Exactly! 'Look at poor Janácek;
they couldn't say anything nice about him when he was alive, he had
to wait until he was dead! If they are any good, they will be revived.'
Copyright © 29 August 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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