Robert Aldridge: Sister Carrie (live)
Label: NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS
Sura, Brianne; Schwefel, Jessica Timman; Rebers, Tim; Cunningham, Stephen; Krueger, Nathan; Florentine Opera Chorus; Melendez, Edson; Morgan, Matt; Siqueiros, Pablo; Phares, Keith; Johnson, William; Douglas, Ariana; Barootian, Nicholas; Puenner, Ashley; Barany, James; Zabala, Adriana; Leighton, Thomas; Davis, Nancy; Pullen, Scott; Jordheim, Alisa Suzanne; Gottfried, Jim; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Davis, Leroy; Boggs, William; Stumpff, John A.; Wildt, Tracy
Described by Opera News as “an important addition to the American operatic canon,” Sister Carrie takes as its themes the lure of money and social standing. Robert Aldridge’s inventive score is richly melodic and unapologetically tonal. Herschel Garfein’s libretto is based on Theodore Dreiser’s groundbreaking 1900 novel, which depicts a small-town girl’s tortuous path to fame and her lover’s abject descent into despair. Aldridge and Garfein’s Elmer Gantry was a two-time Grammy Award winner. Here, the lead roles are played by Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, baritone Keith Phares, tenor Matt Morgan, and soprano Alisa Suzanne Jordheim.