January 13, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — The South Florida Classical Review published its annual Top 10 Performances of 2011 and the Frost Opera Theater Received an Honorable Mention Distinguished Achievement Award for its November 17-20, 2011 presentation entitled "Visions of Orpheus," co-directed by Frost faculty Alan Johnson and Dean Southern.
"Alan Johnson has rejuvenated the University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater, making it South Florida’s only regular venue for contemporary opera...Johnson and co-director Dean Southern have produced inventive productions like the recent “Visions of Orpheus,” in which Ricky Ian Gordon and Philip Glass seamlessly shared space with Gluck and Monteverdi. (LB)"
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Visions of Orpheus focused on music stirred by the tale of Orpheus—the mythological figure who charmed beasts and even coaxed rocks and trees with his music and who attempted to rescue his wife, Eurydice, from the Underworld—has inspired countless retellings. Composers from Monteverdi to Gluck to Offenbach to Philip Glass have created operas on the subject. Frost Opera Theater’s Visions of Orpheus was a new musical collage presented in Clarke Recital Hall at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance that explored the Orpheus legend through its numerous and diverse incarnations. Set design by Sherri Tan.
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