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A stunning addition to the world of contemporary opera.

Alva Henderson contributes wonderful recollections of his youth collecting classical and opera recordings in the 1950's, leading to comparisons and contrasts of studio and live recordings of operas. These annotations more than explain how Mr. Henderson came to love modern opera and how his creative path was chosen. This fascinating new release presents his and librettist Dana Gioia's interpretation of the classic 1922 F. W. Murnau silent film Nosferatu, probably still the most haunting and certainly most expressionistic vampire story in motion picture history. Though Henderson entered San Francisco State College in the 1960's for drama studies, he changed to music and studied under Wayne Peterson and Robert Sheldon. While supporting himself as a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus, he completed his first opera, Medea. The 1972 San Diego Production brought him national attention. In the years that followed came the operas The Last of the Mohicans, The Tempest, The Last Leaf, The Room Across the Hall and Achilles. Dana Oland of the Idaho Statesman wrote, "The a success and a stunning addition to the world of contemporary opera. Henderson composed rich, luscious melodies to meld with Gioia's delicious poetry, written in opera than can make English a poetic, operatic language. Henderson deserves acclaim for his brilliant and sweeping score." Here is a modern opera that is romantic and passionate with beautiful vocal writing.
Alva Henderson, composer
Rimrock Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Barbara Turner, conductor, Susan Gundunas, Robert McPherson, Douglas Nagel, Dennis Rupp, Karen Carle, Jan Michael Kliewer

"Nosferatu possesses the vocal pyrotechnics necessary to satisfy hardcore aria lovers, and sufficient enough compression so as to apeal to a younger, rock-oriented audience." (Las Vegas City Life)

"...a darn good opera that brings this listener much pleasure." (American Record Guide)
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