Acquanetta by Michael Gordon

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Michael Gordon's Acquanetta is set in the heyday of Hollywood B-movie glitz. Acquanetta, a famous pin-up model, shocked Universal Pictures by walking away from a blossoming career as an actress in order to marry a car salesman. Mr. Gordon's opera captures the complex drama of this event and serves as a deconstruction of Acquanetta's most famous film, the 1943 cult classic Captive Wild Woman. The cast includes soprano Amelia Watkins, soprano Katherine Jolly, mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, and tenor Jon-Michael Ball. The libretto is by Deborah Artman.

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