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Paul Salerni’s award-winning opera with a libretto by Dana Gioia takes place in a classical music radio station on the last night of its operations.
Its last program, ‘Opera Lover’, is hosted by Antonio Caruso, who remembers his early dreams of artistic fame as the ‘second Caruso’ and is visited by three ghosts — his dead mother, Maria Callas, and a mysterious woman.
Praised for his ‘resplendent vocalism’ (American Record Guide) and his ‘lusciously sweet voice, with its ringing, perfectly-tuned high notes’ (Opera Now), the young tenor Eric Fennell sings the title role.
Paul Salerni: Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast
Scene 1: The Studio (Intern, Engineer)
Scene 2: The New Management (The Marketing Trio, Engineer, Announcer)
Scene 3: The Second Caruso (Intern, Engineer, Tony Caruso, Announcer)
Scene 4: Parochial School Flashback (Nun, Priest, Young Tony)
Scene 5: Tony's Mother (Tony, Tony's Mother)
Scene 6: The Past Is Over (The Marketing Trio, Tony)
Scene 7: Maria Callas (Tony, Maria Callas)
Scene 8: Eleven O'Clock (Intern, Engineer, Nun, Priest)
Scene 9: Spiritual (Nun, Priest, Intern, Engineer, The Marketing Trio)
Scene 10: The Final Duet (Announcer, Tony, The Dark Woman)