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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Musgrave: A Christmas Carol

12/23/2018 1:00 pm
12/23/2018 4:30 pm

 

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera host Keith Brown writes:

I had originally intended to broadcast this Christmas opera many holiday seasons ago on Sunday, December 23, 1984, but was unable to do so. Scottish composer Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) was commissioned by Virginia Opera Association to compose this opera. She prepared her own libretto from Charles Dickens's famous story. Musgrave had already triumphed in 1977 with the premiere of her opera Mary, Queen of Scots by Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh International Festival. An LP recording of that Musgrave opera I broadcast on Sunday, March 1, 1987.

The recording of A Christmas Carol I wanted to air was the world premiere on disc, capturing the world premiere performance by Virginia Opera on December 16, 1979. The Moss Music Group LP release was produced from tapes recorded during a live broadcast of A Christmas Carol by National Public Radio in cooperation with member station WHRO-FM, Norfolk, VA. Peter Mark conducts the Virginia Opera Association Orchestra, with a large singing cast headed by baritone Frederick Burchinal as Ebenezer Scrooge.