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Vanessa

Samuel Barber’s opera had it world premiere at the Met in 1958. In this first revival, soprano Mary Costa took on the title role of the beautiful woman who has waited 20 years for the return of her lover, Anatol. But the man who appears is a younger Anatol, her lover’s son, sung by John Alexander. Rosalind Elias as Erika, Vanessa’s niece, and Giorgio Tozzi as the Doctor reprise their portrayals from the world premiere. Blanche Thebom is the Old Baroness and William Steinberg conducts.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 3, 1965
Composer
Samuel Barber
Librettist
Gian Carlo Menotti
Run Time
1 HRS 46 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
William Steinberg
Vanessa
Mary Costa
Erika
Rosalind Elias
The Old Baroness
Blanche Thebom
Anatol
John Alexander
The Old Doctor
Giorgio Tozzi
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