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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Rosner: The Chronicle of Nine

05/15/2022 1:00 pm
05/15/2022 4:30 pm


Sunday Afternoon at the Opera host Keith Brown writes:

Like Erkel's Bánk bán, Arnold Rosner's The Chronicle of Nine (composed, 1984) is a historical tragedy. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the young English noblewoman who actually reigned for nine days as Queen of England, then was beheaded in 1554. The music of American composer Arnold Rosner (1945-2013) ought to be better known. It's a pity this American operatic masterwork, never performed in his lifetime, had to wait so long into the 21st century just to get its world premiere recording. Boston's Odyssey Opera gave it a concert performance in period costume, in cooperation with BMOP, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane was recorded in Worcester's Mechanics Hall in 2020. Gil Rose conducted the combined performing forces. Three reviewers for Fanfare praised the BMOP Sound CD release of Chronicle in the magazine's March/April, 2022 issue. "No composer could ask for a better representation of one of his major works...", says Henry Fogel. Myron Silberstein insists, "This recording is a must-have." David DeBoer Canfield has the final word: ..."I accord this set my highest possible recommendation."