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“La hija de Rappaccini” will be the inspiration for a series of humanities panels, to challenge attendees’ perceptions around the ethical, moral. In a Gotham Opera production of ‘La Hija de Rappaccini’ at Greystone Mansion, much of what makes Daniel Catán’s work remarkable comes. But there it was, Saturday night at the Civic Theatre: the American premiere of “La Hija de Rappaccini,” a.k.a. “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” by.

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Scene 5 Giovanni returns to the garden, aware that he has been poisoned.

La hija de Rappaccini

Barbara Bush created the simple, stylish costumes. Without that spirit we are not entirely human. Sharing their emotions in duet, Giovanni goes to touch a tree in the garden. Rspaccini from ” https: Scene 6 In his dream, Giovanni enters Dr.

Most of the time, however, the disparate characters all sound pretty much the same as they gasp and sputter in the lush symphonic garden.

Rappaccini’s Daughter (opera) – Wikipedia

Under the circumstances, it would be nice to hail “La Hija de Rappaccini” as a masterpiece. Site-specific opera is all the rage, and simply sitting outdoors in a beautiful late afternoon overcast light while a rare summer rain threatened created a sure sense of operatic occasion. Monica Rappaccini Scorpion Poison Ivy. Giovanni is in his room. Another barrier broken rapaccimi last.

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The 20th Century has provided us with more examples than we would ever want. A vision can become perverted. Catan’s Padua proved more congenial for the hijs than Verdi’s Mantua, which he explored here last month.

La hija de Rappaccini | Gotham Chamber Opera

Remember the melodramatic Vincent Price movie of ? Once alone, Beatriz laments her solitary life. But Giovanni cannot stay out rapacconi the garden, or away from Beatrice, and soon the lovers are poisonous to everyone but each other. It may not abound in passionate revelation or lofty inspiration, but it is a serious, often compelling piece–intelligently crafted and sensitively staged.

Opera : ‘La Hija de Rappaccini’: Venturing a Mexican Fantasy

However much sweetness and color orchestration loses in the clangorous chamber version, marvelous percussive effects create a different kind of exoticism, such as the harp glissandi contrasting with glissandi of strummed strings inside the piano. He then accuses Beatriz of administering deadly potions and being a danger. Doheny was once able to cultivate thanks to his exploiting local and Mexican markets.

That, alas, would stretch generosity a bit beyond veracity.

Femeninas Chamber version available: The orchestration is hyper-romantic: Still, in the quirky and irrational world of opera, rapacciin has to be grateful for small favors, and Catan’s opera is just that. It is what makes us want to stand upright and look up to the sky.


Venturing a Mexican Fantasy. It can also be extremely relevant to our society and uniquely suited to deal with some of the most complicated and important issues of our time.

The story is of an Italian scientist, Rappaccini, and his most extravagant bloom, his lovely daughter Beatrice, raised on poison and now herself lethal. First upset with Beatriz, he then tells her that all is not lost and that they can take the antidote. Rappaccini’s Daughter brings up some issues that have more relevance to our world than to 15th Century Padua, for better and also, unfortunately, for worse. Juan Tovar’s poetic libretto is based on a play by the Nobel-Prize laureate Octavio Paz, whose source in turn was a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The music is beautifully crafted and tastefully restrained, to be sure. Time has passed and Dr.

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