Exclusive: Washington rejigs Glass premiere

Washington National Opera has been scouring the world for a conductor after Dennis Russell Davies underwent knee surgery and pulled out of next month’s production of Philip Glass’s opera, Appomattox.

The score is now in the hands of the Italian conductor and composer, Dante Santiago Anzolini, who recently led a production of Akhnaten in Turin.

This was something of an anomaly for Dante, who has a healthy interest in Schoenberg and atonality.

But his first reading of the opera suggests (he tells us) that Glass has moved away from repetitive minimalism into a more complex tonal idiom.

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photo: Susan Wilson 

Washington could be in for an interesting experience.

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  • “This was something of an anomaly for Dante, whose primary interest is Schoenberg and atonality.
    But his first reading of the opera suggests (he tells us) that Glass has moved away from repetitive minimalism into a more complex tonal idiom.”

    This is an incorrect statement. Anzolini has been involved in numerous major performances of Glass’s stage works and also recorded much of his music. A simple google search reveals that he conducted “Satyagraha” at the Met in 2008.

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