Karchin: Jane Eyre
Label: Naxos Opera
Karchin, Louis; Thompson, Jessica; Meglioranza, Thomas; Thurman, Katrina; Giordano, Kimberly; Zetlan, Jennifer; Orchestra of the League of Composers; Cannedy, Adam; Fry, David Salsbery; Best, Jessica Ann; MacPherson, Ryan
Over four decades the American composer Louis Karchin has produced a much-admired portfolio of compositions. His one-act opera Romulus won numerous accolades. Jane Eyre is his largest project to date, in which he and librettist Diane Osen fashion Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel into a vivid and moving opera cast as a fluid and continuous entity. Karchin’s wide-ranging harmonic language and his flair for contrast ensure that the novel’s drama, its pastoral elements, and most importantly its characterization are fully developed via arias, monologues, ariosi and a quartet, to create a boldly engaging new work.