Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Daniel Catán's “Il Postino”: Preparation, premiere and reception
by Cortez, Renee Rulon, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 73; 1524186
Abstract (Summary)

Daniel Catán's opera Il Postino was primarily inspired by Chilean author Antonio Skarmeta's 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia, the 1994 Italian-language film Il Postino , and the poetry of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The opera Il Postino was prepared and given its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2010. This initial premiere was followed by national premieres of the same production in Austria, France, Chile, and still to come, Spain in July 2013. Catán's sudden death in April2011 prior to the opera's opening in Paris stunned music lovers worldwide. Now recognized as his final complete opera, Il Postino represents the pinnacle of his effort to add Spanish-language opera to the international canon. This project report explores the reception of Il Postino both prior to and in the wake of Catán's death, introduces themes emphasized in the work, and offers observations on performance interpretation informed by the original production.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anglin, David
Commitee: Bremer, Carolyn, Doyle, Alicia M., Pehlivanian, Elisabeth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Vocal Performance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Theater
Keywords: Mexico, Skarmeta, Antonio
Publication Number: 1524186
ISBN: 9781303521638
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