Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Festival of Doves

Tomas Breton The Festival of Doves Opera in One Act English version by Thomas Petiet Spanish zarzuelas are seldom seen north of the United States border, which is a shame, for they than be very entertaining. Although Placido Domingo has … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC FLUTE in English

Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE Opera in Two Acts English version by Thomas Petiet Never intended as a Grand Opera, The Magic Flute has had grandness imposed upon it by adoring admirers of Mozart. The Guild’s performing version returns to the … Continue reading

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A Night in Venice

Johann Strauss, Jr. A Night in Venice Operetta in Three Acts English by Thomas Petiet Premiered by the Comic Opera Guild in 1989, this new version boasts a completely new libretto and the original 1883 Strauss orchestration. Unlike the versions … Continue reading

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DIE FLEDERMAUS in English

DIE FLEDERMAUS Operetta in Three Acts by Johann Strauss Lyrics by Thomas Petiet Book by Richard Swain Perhaps the most popular operetta in the world, Fledermaus overcomes even average translations. This new English version is anything but. It combines witty, … Continue reading

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ROBINSON CRUSOE, OFFENBACH

ROBINSON CRUSOE Ann Operetta in Three Acts By Jacques Offenbach English by Thomas Petiet Offenbach’s musical treatment of the famous Defoe story might have languished on the shelf forever had the Guild not seen the potential of editing and adapting … Continue reading

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THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN in English

Operetta in Two Acts English by Thomas Petiet Always one of the composer’s most popular shows in Europe, La Grande Duchesse is a hilarious satire on the military. It has been burdened, however, with a third act that was nearly … Continue reading

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ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

IN 1978, Thomas Petiet wrote a new English version of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld for production by the Comic Opera Guild. This would be his first of a number of translations, inspired by his love of the French recordings … Continue reading

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LA BELLE HELENE in English

La Belle Helene is often referred to as the greatest work by Offenbach after The Tales of Hoffman. It’s easy to see why; the music is full of memorable melodies, and the construction is unexcelled. In addition, it is a … Continue reading

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The Fortune Teller, Victor Herbert, Recording

Victor Herbert is recognized as the Father of the American Musical, but few of his works are heard today, especially complete with dialog and original orchestrations. In 2008, the Comic Opera Guild assembled soloists and a large chorus and orchestra … Continue reading

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THE ROSE OF CASTILE PREMIERE RECORDING

The name of William Michael Balfe would have fallen into complete obscurity if not for the fact that his ballad opera “The Bohemian Girl” had two hit tunes that were still occasionally sung in the last century. His other works … Continue reading

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