El Capitan
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The Ohio Light Opera brings us America's most enduring comic opera of the 19th century.

The lure of the operetta stage proved as irresistible to America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, as it had a decade earlier to Vienna's "Waltz King," Johann Strauss. Sousa played under the baton of Jacques Offenbach as a teenaged violinist and was aware of the unprecedented success of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore on Broadway. El Capitan can lay claim to be the most enduring American comic opera of the 19th century. It was premiered in Boston in 1896, transferred to Broadway a week later and for the next four years played continuously across the U.S. and Canada and even had a five month run in London. This recording, with complete music and dialogue, was recorded at the 2010 Ohio Light Opera Festival.
Contents:
John Philip Sousa, composer
El Capitan
Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Ohio Light Opera, Steven Daigle, conductor, Nicholas Wuehrmann, Tanya Mandzy, Alta Dantzler, Nancy Maria Balach, Kyle Knapp, Anthony Maida, Cory Clines, David Kelleher-Flight

Review:
"This new recording from the Ohio Light Opera...is delightful from beginning to end. ...I can recommend this with enthusiasm. ...Steven Byess captures the full spirit and vitality of the score perfectly. ...a truly delightful release." (Fanfare)

"Conductor Steven Byess wields an appropriately martial baton, without stifling the verve o Sousa's engaging score. As usual, the OLO chorus sings with infectious charm--and the operetta;s eponymous march will leave you flushed with patriotic fervor." (Opera News)
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