Score Another For Americans

TITLE: MCTEAGUE

COMPOSER: WILLIAM BOLCOM

LIBRETTISTS: ARNOLD WEINSTEIN AND ROBERT ALTMAN

WHERE: LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO

THE BOTTOM LINE: The latest successful home-grown opera is a brash tale of turn-of-the-century passions.

These are rich times for American opera. After years of prospecting in the wilderness of arid academic styles and played-out compositional veins, composers may finally have hit an operatic mother lode. Within the past year, the Metropolitan Opera has staged two successful world premieres by Americans, John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and Philip Glass's The Voyage. This month, through Nov. 24, Lyric Opera of Chicago is striking pay dirt...

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