Río de Sangre
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Powerful, dramatic new opera by acclaimed composer Don Davis.

This world premiere recording of Río de Sangre, a new opera by composer Don Davis and librettist Kate Gale, presents fictional characters and situations that offer a more general comment on political and historical events, aiming for a degree of universality. The action takes place in an unnamed country in the "Southern hemisphere" and the text is sung in Spanish, but the characters and events clearly echo conditions and crises from any place and any time. Commissioned by the Florentine Opera Company, Río de Sangre received its world premiere performance by the company in 2010. Composer Don Davis has enjoyed a successful and widely varied musical career, not only as a seminal and prolific composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber works for the concert stage, but also as a versatile dramatic composer and conductor of film and television music, including the feature film trilogy The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
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Don Davis, composer
Río de Sangre
Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Rescigno, conductor, Guido LeBron, Kerry Walsh, John Duykers, Ava Pine, Vale Rideout, Mabel Ledo, Rubin Casas, Matthew Richardson, Scott Johnson, Jon Olsen, David Lange, Darwin Sanders

Review:
“Davis is an expert at using the orchestra to provide characterization…His facility with the materials of contemporary music is also obvious in the galvanizing instrumental inter-ludes…” (Opera News)
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