The Radio Hour (2015)
A lonely woman named Nora turns on her radio one evening and discovers something magical in composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s whimsical choral opera, co-commissioned and premiered by Pacific Chorale. The recording also features acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Heggie’s settings of texts by Emily Dickinson and Amy Lowell.
Richard Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace (2014)
Drawing on sacred texts in Hebrew, Arabic and Farsi, Persian American composer Danielpour’s oratorio illustrates a transition through forgiveness from a state of war and destruction into one of peace. Featuring soprano Hila Plitmann, with Carl St. Clair conducting.