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Atalanta (Acts of God)
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2CD

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Originally released in 1997. "Ashley makes use of the story of 'Atalanta' -- a royal princess, discarded by her family, who was raised by the animals to become the fastest-running human, and who was later reclaimed by her father to marry her off for dynastic purposes -- to present the character aspects of the 'successful suitor.' These three aspects of character are presented in the opera as anecdotes about three extraordinary men of our times: Max Ernst (surrealist painter), Willard Reynolds (shaman storyteller) and Bud Powell (composer pianist). The genius of these three men can be taken to represent three aspects of the opera itself: image, narrative and music. In the imaginary setting of Atalanta (Acts of God), one companion (singer) reminds her of her excellence (the 'Odalisque' arias); another recommends to her the characteristics of excellence in men (the 'Character Reference' arias); and a third amuses her with anecdotes, as if told to her by each of the three men (the 'Anecdotes'). Robert Ashley, solo voice; with Thomas Buckner, Carla Tato, Jacqueline Humbert, voices; 'Blue' Gene Tyranny, keyboards; Paul Shorr, mixing and electronics. Recorded live at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome. Sung in English and Italian."