Then & Now 10/20: Operatic Premieres!
Several operas received their premieres on this date. In 1842 it was Wagner’s"Rienzi," in 1847, Lortzing’s opera "Undine" had its first performance, in 1892, Rimsky-Korsakov’s " Mlada, and in 1949, Hartmanns opera "Simplicius Simplicissimus" had its premeire in Munich.
Sarasota Youth Opera will present a world premiere next month when they perform Rachel J. Peters’ “Rootabaga Country.” Ms. Peters explains that the work has a “sincere message of tolerance and inclusiveness in a cultural climate where the simple act of growing up is more confusing than ever before.” You can learn more about this production next Friday afternoon when cast members from the opera will stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to sing some selections for you. Live music next Friday afternoon at 1:00 on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.