ELMER GANTRY Nominated for Three Grammy Awards
Grammy Award nominee's announced November 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California—Dec 1 2011—
Among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, was the Naxos Records recording of the Florentine Opera Company’s 2010 Midwest Premiere of Elmer Gantry. The 2012 Grammy nominations include:
-Best Classical Contemporary Composition
-Best Engineered Album, Classical
-Producer of the Year, Classical
The Florentine Opera Company performed Elmer Gantry (Cast: William Boggs, conductor; and performers Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Jamie Offenbach, Matthew Lau, Florentine Opera Chorus and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, March 19 & 21, 2010. The opera had its world premiere with Nashville Opera in November of 2007 in the James K. Polk Theater in Nashville, Tennessee and was based on a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926.
Florentine Opera General Director William Florescu on Elmer Gantry, “From the moment I first saw and heard Elmer Gantry, I was convinced of its importance as a new American Opera and I was excited by its ability to highlight popular American forms as a compelling work of art. I am proud that the Florentine produced Elmer Gantry, which has now achieved national acclaim through it’s recording, introducing countless new fans to the opera. The Grammy Nominations are an exciting endorsement of the Florentine’s recent innovative work.”
Additional information on the opera and its creators is available at the Elmer Gantry website at http://www.elmergantryopera.com/site/.