Music: New Shrew in Cincinnati

Cincinnati last week showed the U.S. how to put on a new opera in English for operatic pin money. With a budget of $9,000 (mostly for sets, etc.) and a cast of home-town talent, townsmen rolled up their sleeves and mounted a three-acter by U.S. Composer Vittorio Giannini, based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

Giannini's Shrew was a joint enterprise for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the city's Music-Drama Guild, whose singers sang without pay. Shrew Katharina was sung by Dorothy Short, an insurance agent, Husband Petruchio by Robert Kircher, a professional trombone...

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