Release Date: November 1, 2010
Catalog #: NV5837
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Stage Works

Carmen’s Revenge

Osias Wilenski composer

Maria Rosa López soprano
César Puente baritone

CARMEN’S REVENGE is Osias Wilenski’s humorous homage to Bizet’s Carmen. Wilenskidraws from the works of Bizet, Mozart, and others to create a sort of operatic medley that places Carmen within modern society. This recording features soprano Maria Rosa López and baritone César Puente.

Also on the disc are Three Movements for flute and piano, a work of flute cadenzas, a slow siciliano, and a scherzo; and Romances for clarinet and piano, an expressive and lyrical piece in three movements without pause.

Osias Wilenski (b. 1933) has worked as a concert pianist, a film and television director, and an opera repetiteur. His retirement allowed him to focus more intently on composing, which resulted in revising and recomposing of many of his works, including CARMEN’S REVENGE.


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Artist Information

Osias Wilenski


Osias Wilenski was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From an early age he studied piano with Professor Vicente Scaramuzza and harmony, counterpoint and composition with Dr. Erwin Leuchter, who had been a pupil of Alban Berg. From Leuchter comes his early interest in 12-tone music, a system that Wilenski has abandoned since. During the 1950s and through the suggestion of pianist Arturo Rubinstein, Wilenski won a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he resided for several years. There he studied composition with William Bergsma, William Schuman and Vincent Persichetti. He also had private piano lessons from virtuoso Simon Barere, of which he was the only pupil. He started a solo pianist career and played concerts in New York in Hunter College and Town Hall.