Hello all you opera lovers:
Minnesota Opera and the creative team of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis have postponed the opera’s world premiere, which had been scheduled for April, 2011, until the spring of 2013, as part of Minnesota Opera’s 50th anniversary season. We are pleased to announce that Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights, previously scheduled for the 2013-2014 season, will now close the 2010-2011 season. Minnesota Opera’s new production of this forgotten masterpiece celebrates the centennial of the composer’s birth.
This decision comes on the heels of the first workshop of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, which is an essential development stage of Minnesota Opera’s commissioning process. The opera shows tremendous promise and Minnesota Opera committed to giving it the resources necessary to reach its full potential. In this case, the most critical resource is time. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie requested that the premiere be delayed in order to make revisions and orchestrate the opera with ample time to for the cast to learn their roles. “We are extremely grateful that Minnesota Opera is giving us its full support by giving us the necessary extra months we need to refine our work,” said Korie. “With this extension, we need never feel that we didn’t give sufficient attention to any aspect of this opera or its vitally important subject matter.”
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