Albuquerque's Opera Southwest Beams Up Long Lost Hamlet Opera By Verdi's Favorite Conductor

November 26, 2014 4:33 PM

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One explanation for the fact that the first production since 1865 of a major historical Italian opera based on Shakespeare'e Hamlet was presented in Albuquerque, New Mexico could be that Albuquerque is less than 200 miles from the city of Roswell where UFOs are routinely sighted. A better explanation is the extraordinary enterprise of Opera Southwest and the obsession of Anthony Barrese, its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director since 2011, who in 2004 produced a critical edition of Amleto's score and presented a scene from Act 3 with apprentices of the Sarasota Opera.

The importance of the production was of such magnitude that Opera Southwest attracted major reviewers from New York, London and Milan; in so doing, the 43-year old company put itself on the international operatic map. It also sold out the three performances to a large and similarly enterprising, ope...

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