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Local composer’s opera now on CD

May 10, 2012

NATION — Albany Records has released Evan Mack’s American opera “Angel of the Amazon” for worldwide distribution. The two-CD set can be purchased online at Albany Records, and Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh, NY.

Recorded live at premiere performances in NYC last May, “Angel of the Amazon” depicts Sister Dorothy Stang’s lifetime work on behalf of the Brazilian peasant farmers and the rain forest. At age 75, Sister Dorothy was murdered by two gunmen hired by a head of a logging firm. Her last words were the beginning Beatitudes, read to her killers moments before she was shot six times. Evan Mack’s lush dramatic score and Encompass New Opera Theater’s productions received critical acclaim by the Daily News, the Epoch Times and Command Opera.