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Composer: Getty, Gordon (b. 1934)

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Year of birth1934
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Two Gordon Getty operas get the Masterpiece Theatre treatment

Keith Phares (Roderick Usher), Jamielyn Duggan (Madeline Usher) and Dominic Armstrong (Poe) © Craig T Mathew
Two charming operas featured splendid singing in a haze of choreography, staging and projections in a setting that had the feel of being live in a surround sound movie theater. 
****1
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Usher House falls dramatically... twice

Jason Bridges (Edgar Allan Poe in Usher House) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Two American premières offer very different musical and dramatic takes on Poe's short story, and both prove gripping. 
****1
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Usher House double bill fails to stand up

Robert Hayward (Roderick Usher) and Anna Gorbachyova (Madeline Usher) © Stephen Cummiskey
How does Usher House stand up? Like the house, it doesn’t. Welsh National Opera's double bill based on The Fall of the House of Usher underwhelms.
**111
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Voyage merveilleux avec l'Orchestre de Russie

Lise de la Salle © Lynn Goldsmith
L'Orchestre National de Russie, invité à l'Auditorium de Lyon, s'entoure de musiciens de choix et nous propose un programme qui incite au voyage, qu'il soit historique, émotionnel ou merveilleux.
****1
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