In a small private ceremony at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, Daniel Catan was recognized by the city and county for his work on the smash-hit opera “Il Postino.”
“Il Postino,” was performed at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Theater from September 23 to October 13. With its performances in LA being complete, the production is taking the show to scenic locations such as Milan, Italy and Paris, France.
Represented at the ceremony were the offices of the Mayor of Santa Clarita and LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovitch.
“The supervisor is a strong supporter of the arts,” remarked the assistant to the supervisor Roslyn Wayman,”I don’t know of any other artist of his [Daniel Catan] caliber that is so generous with his time and so open with his process, and to have him in our community is a blessing.”
Also at the ceremony were Dr.s Diane Van hook and Floyd Moos who represented College of the Canyons and had nothing but praise for Daniel and his work.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” observed Dr. Van Hook,”We hire talented faculty who are passionate about what they do, and that’s why we hire them. So they are passionate in the classroom and inspire student learning, and encourage students to do their best.
“Well I think it’s terrific for both Daniel and the music department and the finer performing arts department.” Proclaims Floyd Moos Division Dean of Fine and Performing Arts,”What we [College of the Canyons] would like to be is one of the cultural addresses of the Santa Clarita Valley.”
Daniel appeared humbled and very modest in light of all the praise and admiration directed towards him as he spoke shortly at the event and answered questions. Towards the end of his speech, he presented Dr. Van Hook with a signed and personalized page of handwritten sheet music from “Il Postino.”
“It’s an unbelievable pleasure,” said Daniel quietly,”because as a composer I work very long hours for many years. It takes about four or five years to get a opera completed and then performed. And all of this work takes place in solitude in my studio and in my head. So one day it explodes and there are hundreds of people involved, and suddenly everyone gets to hear what you have been working on. It’s very very exciting.
“Il Postino” will be out on DVD sometime in the next year and will possibly be screened to students at College of the Canyons.