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Peter Ibbetson
Deems Taylor
Deems Taylor (December 22, 1885 – July 3, 1966) was an American composer, music critic, and promoter of classical music. Despite planning to become an architect he began composing music with minimal training. Earning recognition for his earlier vocal works he joined the circles of prominent writers, actors, and critics and was hired as a music critic for New York World in 1921. Though his music was often overshadowed by his work as a broadcaster and commentator he is known for his composition's witty and entertaining style, resisting the influence of progressive trends and often deemed post-Romantic. Though meticulously written and orchestrated, his conservatism may ultimately have stunted his fame as a composer.
Constance Collier and Deems Taylor
Tullio Serafin (Conductor)
Wymetal (Stage Director)
Joseph Urban (Set Designer)
Edward Johnson (Peter Ibbetson)
Lawrence Tibbett (Colonel Ibbetson)
Lucrezia Bori (Mary, Duchess of Towers)
Marion Telva (Mrs. Deane)
Ina Bourskaya (Mrs. Olyn)
Angelo Bada (Achille)
Leon Rothier (Major Duquesnois)
Louis D'Angelo (The Chaplain of Newgate Prison)
Giordano Paltrinteri (Charlie Plunkett)
Millo Picco (Guy Mainwaring)
Marek Windhelm (A Footman)
Phradie Wells (Diana Vivash)
Grace Divine (Madge Plunkett)
Philline Faico (Victorine)
Minnie Egener (A Sister of Charity)
Alfredo Gandolfi (Manservant and A Turnkey)
George Cehnnovsky (Prison Governor)
Claudio Frigerio (Pasquier de la Mariere)
Santa Biondo (Marie Psquier)
Alda Doninelli (Madam Seraskier)
February 07, 1931
Metropolitan Opera
Mrs. Deane, a wealthy young widow, is giving a ball. Colonel Ibbetson, one of the guests, insists on reciting a poem to everyone at the ball. His nephew and ward, Peter Ibbetson, unintentionally humiliates him by announcing that the poem is not an original creation. A quarrel breaks out between the two. To appease the two, Mrs. Deane intervenes. Peter tells her of his early life in France with his French father, his English mother, and his childhood love, Mimsey Seraskier, whom he has never forgotten. The Colonel interrupts and Peter withdraws. The Colonel then confesses to Mrs. Deane that he is Peter's real father. Additional guests arrive, one of whom is Mary, Duchess of Towers. Mary recognizes Peter and asks his name, saying that he reminds her of a little boy she once knew in Paris. Peter realizes that she is his long-lost love, Mimsey.

Peter, in a dream, returns to the garden of his home in Paris. He sees his parents, Mimsey, and her parents in the dream. Mary, the Duchess of Towers, who is standing beside him, warns him not to touch or speak to the dream people. Peter's father, Colonel Ibbetson, insults Peter's mother and Peter rushes to defend her. Waking, Mary leaves him, telling him he is welcome to return whenever he wishes.

At Colonel Ibbetson's home, Peter sees the letter in which the Colonel reveals that he is Peter's father. There is a fight and Peter accidentally kills him. On the morning of Peter's execution, Mrs. Deane comes to him and says that due to Mary's intervention, he is free. Thirty years later, while Peter lies on his deathbed, Mrs. Deane comes to tell him that Mary has died. Peter admits to knowing of her death, since she did not appear to him in his dream the previous night. Peter then dies. The scene is transformed to the garden of Peter's childhood home. Mary appears and reaches for Peter. Out of the dead body on the cot rises Peter Ibbetson—young Peter. Mary and Peter embrace.
Peter Ibbetson (tenor)
Colonel Ibbetson, his uncle (baritone)
Mary, Duchess of Towers (soprano)
Mrs. Deane (mezzo-soprano)
Mrs. Glyn, her mother (contralto)
Achille, proprietor of "La tête noire" (tenor)
Major Duquesnois (baritone)
The Chaplain of Newgate Prison (baritone)
Charlie Plunkett (tenor)
Guy Mainwaring (baritone)
Footman (tenor)
Diana Vivash (soprano)
Marie (soprano)
Madge Plunkett (mezzo-soprano)
Victorine (soprano)
A Sister of Charity (mezzo-soprano)
Manservant (baritone)
Opera Review - The New York Sun 1931
The New York Times, Ross Parmenter; 7-23-60; Women's Wear Daily, Thomas Dash, 7-26-60; New York Herald Tribune, Jay S. Harrison, 7-24-60; The Philadelphia Inquirer, Linton Martin, 3-1-31; New York Sun, Oscar Thompson, 2-9-31; New York American, Leonard Liebling, 2-9-31; Herald Tribune, Lawrence Gilman, 2-8-31; The New York Times, Olin Downes, 2-8-31; Musical Courier, 2-7-31
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Chorus
Full Orchestra
Orchestral and harmonic manner of Wagner and Debussy; incorporates French folk song
Sounds samples available here: http://blog.naxos.com/2009/07/28/podcast-an-american-operatic-masterpiece-deems-taylors-peter-ibbetson/
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