Divas
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Three comedies from one of American's most revered opera and song composers.

Here are three comedies, featuring divas of a "certain age" and the devoted, exasperated, long-suffering people who adore them. Thomas Pasatieri, one of America's most revered opera and song composers, entered Juilliard at 16 and eventually became the school's first recipient of a doctoral degree. Among his 19 operas are Black Widow (1972), The Trial of Mary Lincoln (1972), Washington Square (1976) and The Seagull (1972, available on TROY579/80). Producer John Ostendorf writes, "Tom Pasatieri's work was all the rage in the 1970's when we were both young musicians newly-arrived in New York. I knew of the glamorous Ashley Putnam at the time, but best remember the incandescent singing of Sheri Greenawald...Both sopranos both still look and sound terrific and must be applauded at undertaking and recording new roles when each is more-or-less "retired" from the diva business...As for the notion on this CD, "Divas of a Certain Age," they are easily identifiable in the first two works. But they can also be spotted in Signor Deluso: the interesting character Rosine, a blowsy maid who states her claim early in the "I need a man" song, and the compelling Mae West type, Clara, who is more attracted to the young tenor than to the old Mr. Deluso, but still concludes that all men are 'cads.' Anyway, the results are wonderful. It was a joy- and a hoot -to be in on it all."
Contents:
Thomas Pasatieri, composer
Divas of a Certain Age
Sheri Greenawald, soprano, Ashley Putnam, soprano, Thomas Pasatieri, piano

Thomas Pasatieri, composer
La Divina
Sheri Greenawald, soprano, Ashley Putnam, soprano, Ryan Kinsella, tenor, Eric Margiore, tenor, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Jay Meetze, conductor

Thomas Pasatieri, composer
Signor Deluso
Jordan Shanahan, Alissa Rose, Luke Grooms, Leslie Anne Friend, Laurie Seely, Walter Du Melle, Bryan Davis, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Jay Meetze, conductor

Review:
"Divas of a Certain Age ...[is[ a comic delight of a text... Greenwald and Putnam give it their comic all, trading insults with glee." (American Record Guide)
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