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The Lyric Stage: May 28 - William Schumann's One Act "A Question of Taste"

This is a chance to hear a rarely performed opera that despite its premise, deserves more performances. Based on a short story by Roald Dahl, the music for the one act opera A Question of Taste is by William Schumann. The plot is about a bet concerning the hand of Scofield's daughter Louise and whether she will marry the aristocrat Pratt or her true love Tom, even if he's from "the wrong side of the tracks." It's set in the New York society of 1910. The premise is bizarre, but this is not the first opera where the music justifies a weak plot.

Schumann was a major twentieth century American composer and also an educator at the Juillard School, and the performance is by Juillard students in 1990, shortly before the composer's death. Gerard Schwarz is the conductor.

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