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Puts: The Hours (2 CD)

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Puts: The Hours (2 CD)
Compser: Kevin Puts
Conductor: Yannick Nezet-Séguin
Artists: Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Kelli O’Hara
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Format: Audio CD
Number of discs: 2

This audio recording showcases the opera The Hours, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, which played to sold-out audiences at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City during its world-premiere staged production last season.

The opera returns to the Met's schedule in May 2024. Based on both the award-winning 2002 film directed by Stephen Daldry and the original novel by Michael Cunningham, The Hours interweaves characters and events from three different periods of the 20th century. Joyce DiDonato, who takes the pivotal role of writer Virginia Woolf, says that: "Even though it deals with death head-on, the piece is life-affirming and tells a timeless story. The characters' struggles are shared universally, and by highlighting them through the different personalities and periods, hopefully everybody can find a part of themselves in the story."

Featuring a libretto by Greg Pierce, adapted from Michael Cunningham`s acclaimed novel and inspired by Virginia Woolf`s Mrs. Dalloway, the powerful story concerns three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and roles in society.

Joyce DiDonato (interpreting the role of Virginia Woolf) is joined by Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan and Kelli O'Hara as Laura Brown, among others in this superstar cast, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Séguin.

"sincere and persuasive... fervent... and soaringly lyrical"
THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

 



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History

The Hours

World premiere: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, March 2022 (concert version, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra); Metropolitan Opera House, New York, November 2022 (staged production)

A compelling new opera about three women in different times and places, The Hours is based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Michael Cunningham and the Academy Award–winning film adaptation that followed. Both the book and the film make heavy reference to an earlier novel, Virginia Woolf’s 1925 Mrs. Dalloway, which forms a sort of parallel background narrative, and the opera uses Woolf’s and Cunningham’s magisterial prose as a departure point from which to explore ambiguities and fluidities that cry out for musical expression.

 

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