A View From The Bridge
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80588     Release Date: 2001-01-01
Libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Arthur Miller, based on the play by Arthur Miller

Kim Josephson, Catherine Malfitano, Juliana Rambaldi, Gregory Turay, Mark McCrory, Timothy Nolen, Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor


This is the world-premiere recording of William Bolcom's tragic opera, unanimously acclaimed as one of the most significant additions to the American opera repertory in recent times. View is based on Miller's powerful play depicting the fall from grace of a longshoreman, Eddie Carbone, whose barely repressed desire for his now-grown niece, Catherine, leads to the betrayal of his community and disastrous personal consequences. Bolcom's beautifully crafted and richly varied score embellishes but never overwhelms Miller's dark drama.

”Bolcom is an important composer in his prime, who writes confidently in an eclectic style that is musically sophisticated but always accessible. The material has been craftily adapted by the composer's longtime collaborator, Arnold Weinstein, who retains the drama's taut structure while still allowing ample opportunity for lyrical expansion . . .The Lyric Opera's production could not be more effectively mounted or splendidly cast . . . Dennis Russell Davies encourages the orchestra to savor the score's purely musical beauties without compromising the drama's swift pacing. Working as a honed ensemble, the cast never strikes a false note.” — New York Magazine

”. . . an unusually gripping piece of theater. For its dramatic power alone, the opera deserves to be seen everywhere. . . Mr. Bolcom's setting of text is always clear, supported by but never overwhelmed by the orchestra . . . If he tosses in a two-step or a barbershop quartet to lighten the mood, it always fits . . .The cast was dramatically and musically first-rate . . . In the pit, Dennis Russell Davies shaped the propulsive score while remaining sensitive to the singers and to the moments of relaxation and humor.” — The Wall Street Journal

“There is much to admire: Bolcom's animated and melodic score, the imaginative libretto fashioned by Arnold Weinstein and [Arthur] Miller, the excellent cast and production values . . . Bolcom's music breathes with Yankee vernacular, from ‘50s doo-wop to the alternatingly spunky and bittersweet melodic contours associated with great American songwriters like Gershwin, Harry Warren, and Jerome Kern . . . Bolcom's score pulsates with rhythm and color. For all of Bolcom's well-known eclecticism, his postmodern mix of styles here sound folded into a single aesthetic vision . . . [Bolcom] is very much in his prime and belongs in the front rank of American composers.” — Detroit Free Press

Lyric Opera of Chicago

A View From The Bridge

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Act I: Orchestral Introduction
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Red Hook
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Hey, Eddie!
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Where you goin' all dressed up?
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Beatrice! Hurry up
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Get used to it, Eddie
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But when you're gone
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Now listen, both a yiz
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Remember Vinnie Bolzano
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Eddie was a man
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You're on your own now
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Marco! Rodolpho!
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Then when I am rich
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Rodolpho, are you married, too
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I sing jazz, too
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Eduardo, if you let us sleep here
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Now there was a future he must face
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It's after eight o'clock
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Eddie, when am I gonna be a wife again?
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Eddie never knew he had a destiny
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Hey Eddie! Wanna go bowling tonight?
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Where'd you go?
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Aria: "New York Lights" (aka "I love the beauty of the view at home")
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Rodolpho, I thought I told you to go in
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Arietta: "He's a hit-and-run guy!"
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Aria: "Was there ever any fella that he liked for you?"
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There's nothing illegal about it
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Eddie, you're pretty strong
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Act II: Orchestral Introduction
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It's true
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Aria: "But you do not know this man"
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Somehow, somehow
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Aria: "On December twenty-seventh I saw him next"
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He won't leave!
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Where are they?
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Eddie has something to say, Katie
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Bea, could I take two pillows up?
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That man! I accuse that man!
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Aria: "To America I sailed on a ship called Hunger"
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Orchestral Interlude
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For the sake of my sister
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Marco's coming, Eddie
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Come, Catherine
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Eddie, listen to me!
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Eddie Carbone!
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Eyes like tunnels
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When the tide is right
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