The Tempest
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World premiere recording of this celebrated composer's opera.

First performed in 1986 by the Des Moines Opera with Jacque Trussel as Caliban, the opera has come full circle with this recording of the Purchase Opera where Jacque Trussel served as director. Hoiby, born in Wisconsin in 1926, was infused with operatic ambitions during his studies at Curtis with Gian Carlo Menotti. He has written a number of operas, including several on Albany Records (A Month in the Country, Bon Appetit!, and This Is the Rill Speaking).
Lee Hoiby, composer
The Tempest
Purchase Opera, Hugh Murphy, conductor, Robert Balonek, bass-baritone, Catherine Webber, soprano, Molley Davey, coloratura soprano, Anthony Caputo, baritone, Joshua Benevento, tenor

"[Lee Hoiby's The Tempest] is truly a musically compelling setting from the imaginative instrumental-chord rattling opening tempest to rapturous finale heralding the happiness of reconciliation and then Ariel's magical release." (American Record Guide)

"...this is an important release that will bring much joy and will further enhance Hoiby's deserved good reputation." (Fanfare)

"The Purchase Symphony Orchestra is spot-on as they somersault through Hoiby's demanding transformations, led with obvious expertise and thorough knowledge of the score by Hugh Murphy." (Opera News)

"Though there have been a number of operatic adaptations of Shakespeare's play, I have never encountered one that is more satisfying and gripping than Hoiby's." (Fanfare: 2009 Want List: Cooman)
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