Monday, April 11, 2011
Daniel Catán, 1949-2011
His opera “Il Postino” premiered in Los Angeles in the fall of 2010. The opera was based on the Oscar-winning film, and book by Antonio Skarmeta. Placido Domingo took the role of exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who befriends a young postman.
Catán was to be in Houston this past weekend for the University of Houston Moores School of Music production of "Il Postino." The final performance was scheduled for this evening at 7:30. Earlier this spring, Catán's opera "Rappacini's Daughter" was staged at the University of Texas in Austin.
At the time of his death, Catán was working on another adaptation. His next project was to be an operatic version of Frank Capra’s “Meet John Doe,” commissioned by the University of Texas.
Last fall, KPAC’s James Baker spoke to Catán about “Il Postino” and his orchestral music.
Part 1: http://audio.tpr.org/itinerarios11091502.mp3
Part 2: http://audio.tpr.org/itinerarios11091501.mp3
Catán in February, 2011: http://audio.tpr.org/itinerarios1102.mp3
You can also listen to an interview with Catán on this page, from KPAC's Classical Spotlight: http://www.tpr.org/classicalspotlight/2011/02/cs1102241.html