Douglas Moore THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (Opera in One Act)
Armando Aliberti, conductor
James de Groat-speaker
This is a roistering, bawdy, fun filled folk opera with momentum that never quits. It is beautifully orchestrated and splendidly conducted, and the stellar cast lustily belts out the suggestive lyrics with full throated joy and ultimate professionalism. You'll find happiness represented here -- mischevious, heart warming, life-giving happiness.
Commenting on "The Devil and Daniel Webster", Douglas Moore has said, "Mr. Benet and I have classified "The Devil and Daniel Webster" as a folk opera because it is legendary in its musical expression....we have tried to make an opera in which the unit of speech, song and instrumental music, will communicate the essence of the dramatic story, enhance but not distort."