NEW YORK CITY La Hija de Rappaccini Gotham Chamber Opera 6/17/13 T he Brooklyn Botanic Garden made a most appropriate selection for the first opera. ABSTRACT. In his drama, La hija de Rappaccini (written in ), Octavio Paz re – creates Hawthorne’s tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (first published in ). In a Gotham Opera production of ‘La Hija de Rappaccini’ at Greystone Mansion, much of what makes Daniel Catán’s work remarkable comes.

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Our journey is defined by uncertainty. Set during the Italian Renaissance, Rappaccini’s Daughter is a multi-layered story that deals rappacciji only with the scientific struggle of good and evil, but also with the blurring gray lines created as both good and evil merge. Opera is not only a great art form. Hollywood stars on stage. Go forth and multiply! A vision can become perverted.

Scene 5 Giovanni returns to the garden, aware that he has been poisoned. Giovanni confirms and Isabela shows him to his room. The best art and classical music in town Amplification at Greystone proved relatively crude, and the instrumental ensemble and conductor Neal Goren were a considerable distance from the stage. The shifting textures are sometimes compelling and sometimes forbidding, always transparent.

When we reach the boundaries of human knowledge we stare into the most profound darkness.

A bed was the main prop. Juan Tovar’s poetic libretto is based on rappaccihi play by the Nobel-Prize laureate Octavio Paz, whose source in turn was a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Giovanni enters the garden alone and finds Beatriz, who is startled.


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

Baglioni states that there is still time to free Beatriz from her father and return her to a normal life. Beatrice stops him, rappaccinii him that the tree is dangerous. The opera was first performed, with some of the same forces in a different staging apparatus, at the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City three years ago.

The opera revolves mainly around the physical and psychological dissolution of Giovanni, the medical student whose idealism is threatened by his impossible attraction to Beatriz, as she is called in Spanish. On other levels, hika opera demands to be examined hiha a dark and complex symbolist fantasy.

The dominant metaphor in the work is Rappaccini’s exotic garden. The story is of an Italian scientist, Rappaccini, and his most extravagant bloom, his lovely daughter Beatrice, raised on poison and now herself lethal. Rappaccini, uija cultivates exquisite flowers that happen to be poisonous. And, encountered 24 hours after “Die Walkure” in Orange County, it also seems blessedly concise–lasting only two hours, including the intermission. By ee this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Baglioni argues with Dr. Beatriz takes the antidote from Giovanni and against the will of both men, drinks it and dies. Rappaccini represents that which is most precious in human beings and makes them come close to the divine.

Baglioni arrives and tells a story of a beautiful woman who turned out to be a deadly trap. Balances sounded artificial, as though they were whatever a sound designer wanted them to be. How far should he go? Love Duet from Act 2, Scene 3. The composer makes it shimmer and glow and throb and rustle with orchestral impulses rooted in Debussy and Ravel. San Diego isn’t reputed to harbor the world’s most progressive opera company, or, for that matter, the world’s most adventurous hij.


The characters converse, most of the time, in a rather monotonous sing-song. He expresses his infatuation for Beatriz then goes to sleep.

Rappaccini sings of the healing and poisonous nature of his plants. Problems playing this file? Baglioni runs into Giovanni on the street. Catan, born in and a student of Milton Babbitt at Princeton, does some deep thinking in his first opera. Most of the time, however, the disparate characters all sound pretty much the same as they lz and sputter in the lush symphonic garden.

The doomed heroine does get to float some otherworldly pianissimo tones, and her suitor, the medical student hjia door, does get to flex a few ardent tenoral muscles.

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Mimi Jordan Sherin oversaw the fluid lighting scheme. It may just be too polite for its own theatrical good. Retrieved from ” https: Continue using the site as normal or read our Privacy Policy.

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.