Last September, just over six months before his untimely death at age 62, composer Daniel Catán saw the world premiere of his final opera Il Postino. Starring Plácido Domingo in the role of Pablo Neruda, the opera is based on the 1983 novel Ardiente paciencia by Antonio Skármeta and the 1994 film Il Postino by Michael Radford.
The work takes place in a world of love-letters, long before text-flirting and emails existed. Mario, a young dreamy man avoids the boring life of a fisherman by becoming a postman. He meets the love of his life, Beatrice, in a bar: she quickly beats him at foosball, table soccer, whereupon he is smitten. The young man loses his nerve and can hardly speak to her.
Luckily, his new job puts him in touch with a famous poet, sung by Domingo. But this is no Cyrano de Bergerac – the young lover is encouraged to write his own poetry to woo the love of his life. Amidst a tumultuous political climate, the young Mario surmounts shyness, writers block, and a shotgun-toting relative to win his woman. Charles Castronovo sings the young Mario and Amanda Squitieri is Beatrice.
Mario Ruoppolo - Charles Castronovo
Pablo Neruda - Plácido Domingo
Beatrice Russo - Amanda Squitieri
Matilde Neruda - Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Giorgio - Vladimir Chernov
Donna Rosa - Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Di Cosimo - José Adán Pérez
Mario’s Father - Gabriel Lautaro Osuna
Priest - Christopher Gillett
CONDUCTOR: Grant Gershon
STAGE DIRECTOR: Ron Daniels
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon