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Alexandre Dumas pere' light-hearted tale of dubious paternity and political intrigue set in the Austrian Tyrol forms the basis for American composer Louis Karchin' comic opera Romulus. Full of surprises and delights, well-rounded characters and a lively s
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Romulus was translated and adapted from a play of papa Dumas by Barnett Shaw, an off-beat comedy about the sudden appearance of an infant in the home of an astronomer, his sister and a philosopher in the Austrian Tyrol. The fallout, both social and personal, is eventually resolved to everyone's satisfaction by the well-drawn, engaging characters.
The cast is excellent up and down the line. Steven Ebel a strong, clear-voiced tenor as Franz the philosopher initially suspected of being the unknown child's father; the rich baritone of Tom Meglioranza and bright soprano of Katrina Thurman as his sister; along with veteran bass Wilbur Pauley make a well balanced ensemble, fully into their roles dramatically from the premiere performances staged, interestingly, in New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2007.
I bought the CD to introduce Romulus (the name given the abandoned child) to the chamber opera company for which I design scenery and sit on the Board. Whether we ever produce the work remains to be seen but the opera itself makes for enjoyable listening and I am quite sure it is highly entertaining on stage