- Paul Hertelendy
Coastal town in California. Since the 1960s the Carmel Bach Festival under its music director Sandor Salgo has given a summer season including operas and oratorios, with the emphasis on Handel until the mid-1970s and thereafter Mozart. Its first opera production, at Sunset Theater, was Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1965). Other notable choices, typically semi-staged, have been Purcell’s Fairy-Queen (1969) and Dido and Aeneas (1976), Blow’s Venus and Adonis (1971), Telemann’s Pimpinone (1974), the pasticcio Il maestro di musica by Pergolesi and others (1975), Haydn’s Orlando paladino (1984) and Handel’s Imeneo (1985). Meanwhile in Carmel Valley the imaginative but intermittent Hidden Valley Opera, under Peter Meckel, has produced the works of composers such as Samuel Barber (A Hand of Bridge), Conrad Susa (Black River, Transformations) and Malcolm Seagrave (The Birthday of the Infanta...