ARIA DA CAPO
"The Metropolitan Opera Studio performed a
few weeks ago excerpts from an opera by Robert Baksa
written with fine opportunities for singers and musicians alike and a
very witty text. I am sure that Mr. Baksa is splendidly equipped for
writing operas and should get all the encouragement he can find."
Performed in original version in 1969 by The Lake George Opera. (55 minutes)
"Baksa displays exceptional lyric gifts.
More important to a singer, he has unusual insight into the singer's
range. The audience not only receives the poetry and melody in a
beautifully coordinated whole, but gains the added dimension of meaning
and intent as well."
"What does distinguish the music is
his skillful exploitation of the various vocal timbres, and his
ability to set an English text intelligently to music...These
qualities are much rarer than might be imagined and suggest a special
affinity for vocal writing...
WHAT JOY IN THE ARTS IS ALL
ABOUT"...the precision with which so many things of sufficient quality
were mixed together...made an unusual evening's entertainment whose
memory lingers on."
revised and expanded version twice at Academy of Vocal Arts,
"...Baksa has masterfully transferred Edna St.
Vincent Millay's play to the operatic stage."
BAKSA OPERA HIGHLY ENTERTAINING
"Those interested in opera that is charming and
entertaining found much to admire...Baksa has succeeded in creating a
variety of ingenious forms that are complicated in texture but easy on the
ear. His fusion has a delicious quality...Throughout his tone was
unfailingly lyrical and conservative in the best sense."
* In 2007 the composer made further revisions in the expanded opera reducing the orchestration to 11 players with the option of expanding the strings. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano.
The newly engraved vocal score is available through Theodore Presser.
Featured opera for 2004 apprentice tours by
the Santa Fe Opera Company and the
The engraved vocal
score is available as a special print item from THEODORE PRESSER.
Engraved orchestral score and orchestral materials available