The Hotel Casablanca
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The reviews called The Hotel Casablanca contemporary, well-crafted, richly musical and riotously funny.

America's premiere opera composer here presents his first full-length comic opera, based on the classic farce "A Flea in Her Ear" by Feydeau. But here, the composer, working from his own libretto, has set the work on a ranch in Texas in the 1940s. The original source's hilarious story of supposed infidelities and the characters' outlandish attempts at getting even without finding out the truth of the matter translates wonderfully to the new setting and, indeed, at the first Lexington performances both critics and audiences were delighted by the new work. This represents the latest in an ongoing project with Albany and Pasatieri to record his major stage works (the most recent being the acclaimed "Frau Margot") and we're certain you'll share in the high spirits and fun that the Kentucky audiences had!
Thomas Pasatieri, composer
The Hotel Casablanca
University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, John Nardolillo, conductor

"There is a lot to love in Pasatieri's opera...the singers are well-versed in their roles and give a splendid account of themselves." (American Record Guide)

"This score is a beauty--with melodies that actually stay in the memory after they have been sung! ...the performance is excellent. All of the singers inhabit their roles fully, and sing beautifully as well. ... All in all, this is recommended with enthusiasm." (Fanfare)
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