Vittorio Giannini: The Taming of the Shrew
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL272     Release Date: 2010-10-15

Kansas City Lyric Theater; Russell Patterson, Conductor

Cast of Characters (in order of appearance)

Lucentio, a young nobleman - Lowell Harris
Tranio, his servant - David Holloway
Baptista, a prosperous merchant - J. B. Davis
Katharina, his eldest daughter - Mary Jennings
Bianca, Katharina's sister - Catherine Christensen
Gremio, suitor of Bianca - Robert Jones
Hortensio, suitor of Bianca - Walter Hook
Biondello, servant of Lucentio - Brian Steele
Petruchio, gentleman of Verona - Adair McGowen
Grumio, his servant - Charles Weedman
A Tailor - Stephen Knott
Curtis, Katharina's servant - William Latimer
Vincentio, Lucentio's father -
An Actor - Donald Nelson


This classic example of Shakespeare's genius for comedy-drama was first produced about 1595. The original, and adaptations of it, have appeared in many guises. In musical comedy form, it was produced on Broadway as Cole Porter's KISS ME, KATE.

Vittorio Giannini was born in Philadelphia in 1903. A brother of the famed soprano Dusolina Giannini, he studied at Milan Conservatory and Juilliard Graduate School. Among his other operas are: The Scarlet Letter, The Harvest, Flora, Beauty And The Beast, and Blennerhasset; The last two were commissioned and produced by the Columbia Broadcasting System. A symphony was commissioned for the New York World's Fair of 1939. Other compositions include cantatas, ballets, chamber music, and various concertos. Giannini taught at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music in New York City.



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