Adamo: Little Women (DVD)

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Stephanie Novacek, Joyce DiDonato, Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers

Stage Production Director: Peter Webster

Directed for Television by Brian Large

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s enduringly popular novel about the adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in civil-war era New England, Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women has been performed in more than 70 national and international engagements since its 1998 première by Houston Grand Opera and has achieved the status of an American classic.

This recording, with a superb cast expertly directed for television, vividly brings to life an opera that The New Yorker hailed as “A beautifully crafted work, brilliantly molding Alcott’s tale into operatic form,” and The New York Times dubbed a“masterpiece”.

Total Running Time: 114:53
NTSC: No Region Coding
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Dual Layer Disc
PCM 2.0
Dolby Digital 5.1
DTS 5.1

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BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars

"It's expertly staged and acted, and interesting to see the young Joyce DiDonato in repertoire far removed from her familiar one."

Gramophone Magazine

"What was an outstanding cast in 2000 is still astounding today...[Novacek] patiently creates for Jo a spectrum of intimate depth and then explores it with a sure dramatic touch and a voice of power and beauty...a convincing demonstration that Little Women could be an audience-pleaser wherever it plays."

The Guardian

3 Stars

"It will prove too sentimental for some tastes...But you can't fault the performance, filmed in 2000 during a revival of the original Houston production. Joyce DiDonato fans will be fascinated by her self-assured Meg. But it's Stephanie Novacek's self-willed Jo, and Stacey Tappan, heart-rending as fragile Beth, that make the strongest impression"

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Adamo, M: Little Women - An Opera in Two Acts

Stephanie Novacek (Jo), Joyce DiDonato (Meg), Chad Shelton (Laurie), Stacey Tappan (Beth), Margaret Lloyd (Amy), Daniel Belcher (John Brooke), Chen-Ye Yuan (Friedrich Bhaer), Katherine Ciesinski (Cecilia March), James Maddalena (Gideon March), Gwendolyn Jones (Alma March) & Derrick Parker (Mr Dashwood)

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Patrick Summers

Recorded at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas, 17–18 March 2000