Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Featured Artist: Daniel Catán

Daniel Catán,

 Latin America's pre-eminent  contemporary composer

From Wikipedia

Daniel Catán (April 3, 1949 – April 8, 2011)[1][2] was a Mexican 
composer of Russian Sephardic Jewish descent[3] 
known particularly for his operas and his creative friendship 
with the tenor, Plácido Domingo.

Catán was the first Mexican composer to have an opera produced in the
 United States, when San Diego Opera produced his opera 
Rappaccini's Daughter in March 1994. He has also composed orchestral and
 chamber works and film music. His style can be 
described as neo-impressionist. 
His music is richly lyrical, often painting evocative colours 
with the orchestral palette with soaring melodies atop.
In addition to composition, Catán had a fruitful career 
as a writer on music and the arts. He lived in South Pasadena, California
In 1998, Catán received the Plácido Domingo Award for 
his contribution to opera, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship 
in 2000. His last opera, Il Postino, with Plácido Domingo in the 
role of Pablo Neruda, is based on the 1983 novel 
Ardiente paciencia by Antonio Skármeta and the 1994 film
 Il Postino by Michael Radford; it premiered at the 
Los Angeles Opera in September 2010.[5]
Catán died aged 62 on April 8, 2011, in Austin, Texas,
 a few days after he attended rehearsals for Il Postino at the 
At the time of his death, Catán was a member of the faculty at 
College of the Canyons and had been commissioned by the 
University of Texas at Austin to write a new opera, Meet John Doe.[4]

He is the founding father of Latin American Opera.


I am so impressed with him.
An outstanding talent.  ; )

Here's to a wonderful 
wacky Wednesday!

Love to you all!!!!

xoxoxo d

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