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What happens when an exiled poet and a shy young postal clerk cross paths? They ignite a love affair between the poet and a charming waitress, and leave a legacy that turns into the hit film – and now opera—Il Postino. Self-proclaimed opera buff Jay Weston tells the Huffington Post why the world premier of Il Postino the opera starring none other than Placido Domingo as Pablo Neruda is sure to be a hit. The opera was written in Spanish by composer/librettist Daniel Catàn and opens at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles Sept. 23rd.
From the Huffington Post:
At lunch the composer told me of how he had been germinating the story in his head for some ten years, going back to the original 1972 play, book, and film for source material, and when Edgar and Placido encouraged him to finish the work with a promise of a world premiere in Los Angeles, he buckled down and spent the past six years polishing it. The opera company’s energetic Chairman, financier Marc Stern, told me that despite the hard economic times and the all-encompassing Wagner Ring of last year, they were determined to mount a first-class production of the new work… and did they ever!