Duarte’s Love Songs gets premiered

March 16, 2011

Over the past four days, my new “Duarte’s Love Songs” was premiered at a small concert hall in a private home (designed around an organ by Greg Harold), in a modern church in Pasadena (good acoustics for a church), and at UCLA (not in a hall, but a carpeted public assembly room). It was fascinating to hear the difference in acoustics with Vladimir Chernov’s brilliant and powerful voice. The small hall couldn’t contain his voice; the church worked well; the carpeted assembly room worked surpisingly well. His voice is that of a seasoned opera singer. He can project to the back of a theater without a microphone. To be in a small room with him while he is warming up is deafening. David and I had to leave. At the church, V got his own room around the corner.

The audience response was terrific. “If this is any indication of what your opera will be like, you’ve got a hit” was said many times. [Now we just have to write it.] “The music just took me somewhere wonderful, and I didn’t want it to stop.”

The artistic director of Pacific Serenades, who gave me the honor of receiving the 100th commission, Mark Carlson, told me that he received a great deal of positive feedback on the piece.

Mitchell and I were thrilled to have a hit on our hands. The momentum is gathering.

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