Vanessa

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Composer:

Samuel Barber

Librettist:

Gian Carlo Menotti

Premiere:

15th January 1958, New York (Metropolitan Opera)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Vanessa Synopsis

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About the opera Vanessa

Vanessa is an opera in three (originally four) acts by Samuel Barber with an original English libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was composed in 1956-1957 and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 15, 1958 under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos in a production designed by Cecil Beaton and directed by Menotti. Barber revised the opera in 1964, reducing the four acts to the three-act version most commonly performed today.
For the Met premiere, Sena Jurinac was contracted to sing the title role. However, she cancelled six weeks before the opening night and Eleanor Steber replaced her, making it her own for a long time. In the role of Erika, Vanessa's niece, was Rosalind Elias, then a young mezzo-soprano. Nicolai Gedda sang the lover Anatol, mezzo Regina Resnik sang the Baroness, Vanessa's mother, while bass, Giorgio Tozzi, sang the old doctor.

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Roles in Vanessa

Vanessa Soprano
Erika Mezzo-Soprano
The Old Baroness Contralto
Anatol Tenor
The Old Doctor Baritone
Nicholas Bass
The Footman Bass

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On The Path To The Lake performed by Ray Bauwens 148339
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Arias from Vanessa

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Do not utter a word Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Vanessa
2Outside this house Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Anatol
3You rascal you Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: The Old Doctor
4Why must the greatest sorrows Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Vanessa
5On the path to the lake Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Anatol
6For every love there is a last farewell Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: The Old Doctor
7Must the winter come so soon Popularity:

Opera: VanessaComposer: BarberAct:

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: