Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Music Buff: 'Tawawa House in Modesto? A New Staging of Zenobia Perry’s Opera'.

Dramatically staged scene from the second act. (New Music Buff)

On May 8, 2014 AfriClassical posted:

World Premiere: Zenobia Powell Perry's 'TAWAWA HOUSE' presented May 2, 2014 by Townsend Opera, Modesto, California

On May 6, 2014 New Music Buff reviewed the Townsend Opera production:


It is difficult to say where this work will take its place in musical history but it certainly deserves to be revived.  I hope that the success of this production will encourage adventurous opera companies such as Townsend to seek out other neglected works in that deserve revival and, in many cases, first performances.

Despite some minor weaknesses the performance was very professionally executed,  full of joy and clearly pleased the audience.  After all theater goers are accustomed to the sometimes silly plots common to a lot of operas and musicals but they are seeking entertainment by talented performers and that is definitely what they got.  This was a wonderful production which now puts Townsend opera on my radar.  Looking forward  to more from this company.  Congratulations on a great show!

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Jeannie Poole has been dedicated researcher of Zenobia Perry for many years. I purchased my only recording of music composed by Zenobia Perry at an event organized by Jeannie. I was particularly attracted to "Homage To William Levi Dawson On His 90th Birthday". Dawson was an acquaintance. [John Malveaux]

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