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Vanessa

This broadcast, recorded just two weeks after Vanessa’s Met world premiere, presents the original cast in spectacular form. Eleanor Steber is marvelous as the title heroine, a beautiful woman awaiting the return of her long-lost lover. But the man who arrives is his son, Anatol (a suave Nicolai Gedda). The handsome youth plays a dangerous emotional game of wooing both Vanessa and her niece Erika (an enchanting Rosalind Elias)—with devastating consequences. Regina Resnik stars as the Old Baroness and Giorgio Tozzi is the kind Doctor. Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos gives an impassioned reading of Barber’s superb score.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 1, 1958
Composer
Samuel Barber
Librettist
Gian Carlo Menotti
Run Time
2 HRS 00 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Vanessa
Eleanor Steber
Erika
Rosalind Elias
The Old Baroness
Regina Resnik
Anatol
Nicolai Gedda
The Old Doctor
Giorgio Tozzi
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