6788Fw: BYRON--AN OPERA FILM : "VILLA DIODATI" ON DVD
- Jun 17, 2014----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Charles Robinson <robinson@...>
To: Charles E. Robinson <robinson@...>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:42 PM
Subject: BYRON--AN OPERA FILM : "VILLA DIODATI" ON DVD
TO USA BYRONISTS [NON-USA BYRONISTS WILL HAVE A SEPARATE MESSAGE LATER THIS EVENING].FOR THE BYRON COLLECTOR—A CHAMBER OPERA FILM, PROFESSIONALLY DONE, ON DVD—FOR YOU TO CONSIDER AND/OR TO SEND TO YOUR LIBRARIAN FOR PURCHASE—SEE BELOW.CHARLES E. ROBINSONENGLISH DEPTU OF DELAWARE“VILLA DIODATI” - 73 Minute Chamber Opera Film, 2013. Music by Mira J. Spektor, Lyrics by Colette Inez with additional lyrics from the poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Wordsworth.This chamber opera is a fever-dream interpretation of the notorious cold Summer of 1816 when Mary Shelley, in the company of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, first conjured Frankenstein. A contemporary American couple traveling by train in Switzerland are mysteriously ‘derailed’ into the past, where they witness the bohemian inhabitants of the Villa as they discuss art, create monsters, and battle inner demons.Some Reviews from:THE NEW YORK TIMES, Allan Kozinn described the opera as "attractive and tonal and recalled some of the more gracious music in Bernstein’s ‘Trouble Tahiti' Particularly appealing was a duet between Mary and Percy Shelley: ‘There is no heaven but my love'."TALKIN' BROADWAY: "Mira J. Spektor (music) and Colette Inez (lyrics) have imbued their show all the classic elements of success - luxurious love, vibrant-voiced performers, lush poetry, and a visionary director...The unabashedly operatic music wraps you in the warm embrace of the writings timeless romanticism. You'll probably hear no better musical all this year than Villa Diodati."DVDs are $15 dollars for individuals, and $75 dollars for libraries and institutions.Purchase requests can be made to gabriel.nussbaum@..., and shipping costs will be nominal and determined by Nussbaum according to location [I assume that the total cost, including shipping, will be communicated by email—CER]..