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Heggie: Great Scott

Joyce DiDonato

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Librettist Terence McNally has contended that Great Scott should not be classified as a comic opera, and indeed the issues of opera's place in American culture, and that of the arts more generally, are lurking about here. But there's no getting around the fact that the work is funny, belly-laugh funny, and not just you-know-you're-supposed-to-laugh-here funny, and composer Jake Heggie has set up the best lines with an exquisite touch. Moreover, the contrast with the pair's previous collaboration, Dead Man Walking (2000), is inescapable. Great Scott is mezzo soprano Ardis Scott, returning to perform with the American Opera company that helped launch her career. The company is struggling but is kept afloat by the opera-enthusiast wife of the owner of the local professional football team, giving rise to such risible details as showing the score of the game on the supertitles screen along with the text. Scott (Joyce DiDonato, in superb form, and her fans will want this release regardless of any other issues) has brought along a rediscovered bel canto opera called Rosa Dolorosa, Figlia di Pompei, and the story follows the opera's premier production. This sets up all kinds of lively scenes, allowing Heggie to allude to actual bel canto, McNally to build delightful romantic triangles, and both of the pair to evoke the backstage atmosphere they know better than almost anyone else. You might sample the opening overture, something which is rare enough in contemporary opera. All the principals are delightful, especially Frederica von Stade as the patron of the arts, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Dallas Opera under Patrick Summers keep things moving. This recording was made during four live performances in the opera's initial run; you could probably find cleaner live recordings, but few that convey the audience's evident enjoyment of the music. Highly recommended.
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1
Great Scott, Act 1: Overtures to Great Scott and Rosa Dolorosa, Figlia di Pompei (Orchestra)
00:07:19

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Great Scott, Act 1: Rehearsal, Part One (Tatyana, Eric, Winnie, Anthony, Wendell, Roane)
00:01:47

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Great Scott, Act 1: The Wedding Procession from Rosa Dolorosa (Arden, Tatyana, Eric, Winnie, Anthony, Wendell, Roane, Chorus)
00:04:35

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Great Scott, Act 1: "Vesuvio, il mio unico amico" (Arden, Winnie, Tatyana, Wendell)
00:05:05

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Great Scott, Act 1: "Five years ago..." (Arden)
00:04:14

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Great Scott, Act 1: Ensemble and Cabaletta (Arden, Tatyana, Eric, Winnie, Anthony, Wendell, Roane, Chorus)
00:04:57

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Great Scott, Act 1: Break (Roane, Chorus)
00:01:05

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Great Scott, Act 1: "Talk to me about Roane, Winnie" (Eric, Winnie, Roane)
00:03:56

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Great Scott, Act 1: "The writing's on the wall" (Roane, Eric)
00:02:51

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Great Scott, Act 1: "What are the Grizzlies' chances?" (Wendell, Anthony, Winnie)
00:02:03

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Great Scott, Act 1: "I want to be America's soprano" (Tatyana, Anthony, Wendell, Eric, Winnie)
00:05:12

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Great Scott, Act 1: Duet Scene (Arden, Winnie)
00:05:57

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Great Scott, Act 1: "Oh, Mrs. F" (Arden, Winnie)
00:03:35

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Great Scott, Act 1: "Sorry Tommy's late" (Sid, Arden, Tommy, Winnie, Roane)
00:10:43

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Nathan Gunn, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Great Scott, Act 1: Rehearsal, Part Two (Roane, Wendell, Anthony, Eric, Tatyana, Arden, Tommy, Chorus)
00:05:11

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Great Scott, Act 1: "I get scared, too, Tommy" (Arden, Tommy, Eric)
00:04:37

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Great Scott, Act 1: The Fountain Dance (Chorus)
00:01:37

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Great Scott, Act 1: "It's a disaster" (Eric, Winnie, Wendell, Arden, Tatyana, Anthony, Chorus)
00:03:46

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Great Scott, Act 2: Prelude (Chorus)
00:01:58

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Great Scott, Act 2: "The Starry-Spangled Banner" (Tatyana, Chorus)
00:04:08

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Great Scott, Act 2: "Arden, you have seen the future" (Arden, Winnie, Eric, Roane, Wendell, Anthony)
00:04:04

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Great Scott, Act 2: Rosa Dolorosa, Act One (Arden, Wendell, Anthony, Tatyana, Tommy, Chorus)
00:06:32

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

23
Great Scott, Act 2: "I thought that went extremely well" (Anthony, Arden, Wendell, Tommy, Eric, Tatyana)
00:02:01

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

24
Great Scott, Act 2: Sid and Arden (Arden, Sid, Roane)
00:07:02

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Nathan Gunn, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

25
Great Scott, Act 2: "I don't care how good 'what' was" (Roane, Arden, Eric, Anthony, Wendell)
00:04:21

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

26
Great Scott, Act 2: "You'll never be her" (Arden)
00:02:48

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

27
Great Scott, Act 2: "Buona sera, Rosa" (Arden, Bazzetti)
00:01:48

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

28
Great Scott, Act 2: "Look for me, I'm there" (Arden, Bazzetti)
00:06:21

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

29
Great Scott, Act 2: "All that you leave behind" (Arden, Bazzetti)
00:03:30

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

30
Great Scott, Act 2: "Arden! You're not dressed for the mad scene!" (Roane, Arden)
00:01:02

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

31
Great Scott, Act 2: In the Wings (Anthony, Wendell)
00:01:03

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

32
Great Scott, Act 2: Rosa's Mad Scene (Arden, Tatyana, Wendell, Anthony, Chorus)
00:04:06

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

33
Great Scott, Act 2: Rosa's Prayer (Arden, Tatyana, Wendell, Anthony, Tommy, Chorus)
00:03:12

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

34
Great Scott, Act 2: "Io sola posso salvare Pompei" (Arden, Tatyana, Wendell, Anthony, Chorus)
00:04:37

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Chorus, Chorus

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

35
Great Scott, Act 2: Curtain Calls (Arden, Winnie)
00:01:41

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

36
Great Scott, Act 2: "Thank you for your wonderful support" (Winnie, Arden)
00:03:14

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

37
Great Scott, Act 2: "Triumph for American Opera!" (Eric, Winnie, Roane, Arden, Anthony, Wendell, Tatyana)
00:04:55

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Mayes, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Burdette, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodell Rosel, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

38
Great Scott, Act 2: Quartet (Arden, Tatyana, Winnie, Roane)
00:04:10

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Ailyn Perez, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Roth Costanzo, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

39
Great Scott, Act 2: Center Stage (Arden, Sid, Tommy)
00:02:17

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - Nathan Gunn, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra - Mark Hancock, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

40
Great Scott, Act 2: Finale (Orchestra)
00:02:25

Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist - Jake HEGGIE, Composer - Terrence McNally, Poet - Patrick Summers, Conductor - The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra

© 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 The Dallas Opera under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Librettist Terence McNally has contended that Great Scott should not be classified as a comic opera, and indeed the issues of opera's place in American culture, and that of the arts more generally, are lurking about here. But there's no getting around the fact that the work is funny, belly-laugh funny, and not just you-know-you're-supposed-to-laugh-here funny, and composer Jake Heggie has set up the best lines with an exquisite touch. Moreover, the contrast with the pair's previous collaboration, Dead Man Walking (2000), is inescapable. Great Scott is mezzo soprano Ardis Scott, returning to perform with the American Opera company that helped launch her career. The company is struggling but is kept afloat by the opera-enthusiast wife of the owner of the local professional football team, giving rise to such risible details as showing the score of the game on the supertitles screen along with the text. Scott (Joyce DiDonato, in superb form, and her fans will want this release regardless of any other issues) has brought along a rediscovered bel canto opera called Rosa Dolorosa, Figlia di Pompei, and the story follows the opera's premier production. This sets up all kinds of lively scenes, allowing Heggie to allude to actual bel canto, McNally to build delightful romantic triangles, and both of the pair to evoke the backstage atmosphere they know better than almost anyone else. You might sample the opening overture, something which is rare enough in contemporary opera. All the principals are delightful, especially Frederica von Stade as the patron of the arts, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Dallas Opera under Patrick Summers keep things moving. This recording was made during four live performances in the opera's initial run; you could probably find cleaner live recordings, but few that convey the audience's evident enjoyment of the music. Highly recommended.
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