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Classical Classroom, Ep 107: Sometimes Menotti, Sometimes Me Nice - With Lynda McKnight

It's a Menotti two-fer! Lynda McKnight from Houston's Opera in the Heights teaches all about the composer Gian Carlo Menotti and two of his short operas, The Medium(not the Patricia Arquette kind), and The Telephone (not the Lady Gaga kind). Learn about this versatile 20th century composer and these two drastically different operas. Also, zombies.

By the way, Opera in the Heights is staging a Medium and Telephone double-header through November 7th! 

Music in this episode:
- Gian Carlo Menotti, The Medium. Chicago Opera Theater recording.
- Gian Carlo Menotti, The Telephone. BBC Radio Broadcast on YouTube.

Audio by Todd "My, My Telephone" Hulslander with psychic readings by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio.

For audio of this "lesson," please click HERE

Even Clowns Cry: Opera In The Heights Presents Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

Houston’s small opera company opens its 20th season with the verismo masterpiece.
By St.John Flynn, September 24th, 2015

Soprano Donata Cucinotta, who sings Nedda, and music director Eiki Isomura from Opera in the Heights current production of Pagliacci. Photo by St.John Flynn.

Soprano Donata Cucinotta, who sings Nedda, and music director Eiki Isomura from Opera in the Heights current production of Pagliacci. Photo by St.John Flynn.

Opera in the Heights (OH) celebrates its 20th year with a season that includes The Medium and The Telephone, two short operas by Gian Carlo MenottiRossini’s beloved La Cenerentola, the story of Cinderella, Gluck’s 1762 masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice.  The company opens its season with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s verismo classic Pagliacci which is currently on stage at Lambert Hall in the Heights through September 27.

OH music director, Eiki Isomura and American soprano Donata Cucinotta, who sings the role of Nedda, talk to Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about OH’s new season which sees the company going in a different direction.

To listen to the full interview, click HERE.