The Hero by Gian Carlo Menotti


'''''The Hero''''' is a two-act opera by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Commissioned by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the work premiered at the Philadelphia Academy of Music on June 1, 1976. At this point of his career, Menotti's style of composition, which rejected the avant-garde, was out of favor with the classical music world. ''Time'' stated in its review of the opera, "Most of Menotti's music is passable Puccini: melodic, easy to take--and totally beside the point in 1976."Bender, William, [,9171,914228,00.html "Music: Souvenir Opera"], ''Time'', 14 June 1976