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Deems Taylor: Peter Ibbetson - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor); Barry Johnson (baritone); Carolyn Gronlund (mezzo-soprano); Charles Austin (bass);...
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  1. Peter Ibbetson, opera, Op. 20
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Deems Taylor, the renowned music critic for the New York Times, was the first composer approached by Giulio Gatti-Casazza (the manager of the Metropolitan Opera) in the late '20s, at the start of a veritable flurry of commissions of works by American composers that continued for about a decade, and also resulted in Met premieres by Howard Hanson and Louis Gruenberg. Taylor's first work, The King's Henchman (1927), was such a success that he was commissioned to write a second opera, for which he selected Peter Ibbetson, a ...