Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
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A romantic comedy in music an opera within an opera delightful!

So, what is Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines? Is it an opera? Yes, it is, but more specifically it is "A Romantic Comedy in Music." Based on the play by Clyde Fitch, Sheldon Harnick wrote the libretto for this opera that was first performed in 1975 by the Kansas City Lyric Theatre. Born in 1921, Jack Beeson became interested in opera after listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and as a teenager wrote a five-act libretto. His interest in opera revived while teaching at Columbia University and he has gone on to write 11 operas as well as works for orchestra, concert band, vocal and choral groups and solo and chamber music. He is the MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music at Columbia. This recording, originally issued on Columbia and long out of print, brings this delightful opera back to the catalog.
Jack Beeson, composer
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
Kansas City Lyric Theatre, Russell Patterson, conductor

"'Captain Jinks' is one of [Jack Beeson's] most entertaining and also touching works, because it is simultaneously a romantic comedy...and also an homage to opera in general..." (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
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