Michael York, known for his illustrious stage and screen acting career, appeared in a double bill of unique works which blend music and storytelling. First, York performed Enoch Arden, Richard Strauss' setting of a Tennyson 1864 poem. This melodrama for narrator and piano, written in 1897.
Contrasting that work's melodrama, York narrated/sang H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!, whimsical, subversive poems for very bad children. Nasty monsters and monsterlets do nasty things. A jaunty John Wayne, Goldfinger, James Bond, Superman, Batman, Robin, Miss Dracula, a werewolf and a particularly mean-spirited rat cavort.
Long Beach Opera 2008
Enoch Arden: Michael York
Piano: Lisa Sylvester