Problems with the restoration of Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin estate made the cover of the Wisconsin State Journal this Sunday, but more relevant to Madison Opera, check out this fascinating January 2008 article from Opera magazine on Wright’s plans for an opera house in Baghdad. We even get a nod in the first paragraph! (See: “And though few architects actually make it into an opera, that happened in 1993 when Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow (premiered by Madison Opera and since revived in several places) revisited the personal turmoil of an earlier phase in Wright’s life…”).
UPDATE 12/9: The second link in the original post above was accidentally set to the State Journal; it is now repaired and links to the Frank Lloyd Wright article in Opera magazine. Or just click here to get to that piece.
How lovely to see Shining Brow mentioned in your blog! I should let Madisonians know that Naxos will release the first compelte recording of the piece in March internationally. The cast is headlined by Bob Orth (Wright) and Brenda Harris (Mamah) and features a terrific performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic and chorus, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.