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Anna Karenina: An Opera by David Carlson, Libretto by Colin Graham

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Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a masterwork of 19th Century literature; a parable on the struggle for personal freedom against the conventions of a hostile society, played out in a tragic love-story. With a libretto by the distinguished director Colin Graham after the novel by Leo Tolstoy, David Carlson’s opera vividly captures the drama and message of the original work. This double-disc set is a world premiere recording of the opera, with commanding performances from members of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stewart Robertson.

SKU: SIGCD154

What people are saying

“…there is a lot to admire in this dramatic, expressive score"

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Theatre of St Louis
St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Stewart Robertson

– 2 CD Set –

Release date:30th Mar 2009
Order code:SIGCD154
Barcode: 635212015421

  1. ACT I: Prologue – The Station, Moscow, Winter 1874 – –
  2. Part 1 – Scene 1: A sitting room in Stiva’s house. That day. – –
  3. – Scene 2: A ball at Princess Betsy Tverskoya’s house. – –
  4. – Scene 3: Karenin;s house, St Petersburg. That night. – –
  5. Part 2 – Scene 1: Stiva’s house. A few days later – –
  6. – Scene 2: Lenin’s house in the country – –
  7. – Scene 3: Karenin’s country house outside St. – –
  8. Part 3 – Scene 1: A box at the races. Tsarskoe Selo. – –
  9. – Scene 2: Karenin’s study, some days later. – –
  10. ACT II: Part 4 – Scene 1: The Admiralty Gardens, St Petersburg. Early autumn. – –
  11. – Scene 2: A supper party at Oblonskys’. – –
  12. – Scene 3: Anna’s bedroom, that night. – –
  13. Interlude – –
  14. Part 5 – Scene 1: Levin’s house. Six months later – –
  15. – Scene 2: Anna, writing. – –
  16. – Scene 3: Seriosha’s bedroom. Early morning on his birthday. – –
  17. Interlude – –
  18. Part 6 – Scene 1: Anna’s apartments at an hotel. That evening. – –
  19. – Scene 2: The Station Platform. – –
  20. – Scene 3: (Epilogue). The garden of Levin’s country estate. Months later. – –

Opera Now Magazine, July 2009
**

Back in 2007 when David Carlson’s Anna Karenina premiered in Florida, the reception was generally positive. Here was a meaty operatic subject with a meaty symphonic score (and sumptuous staging). The adaptation of the novel is cleverly done, balancing the Karenin/Vronsky/Anna unhappy triangle on one side, with the Kitty/Levin happy ending on the other. The music itself is grand, symphonic, and rather generic. The prologue instantly reminded me of Danny Elfman’s 1989 score for Batman, and it was a difficult first impression to shake. That is a bit unfair on Carlson; there is a lot to admire in this dramatic, expressive score. For this late 19th-century sound world though, it is woefully short on melodies.

Kimon Daltas