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Despite its age, the finest recording ever of this magnificent American opera. Eleanor Steber, Nicolas Gedda, Rosalind Elias, and Giorgio Tozzi define their respective role. Superb digital remaster from the original analog tapes.
This 1958 stereo recording gets a new lease on musical life, thanks to HDTT mastering. The soloists in the MET roster are near legendary names of the golden age of stereo, including the likes of a young Nicolai Gedda, Rosalind Elias, Regina Resnik, Geiorgio Tozzi and Eleanor Steber - who made far too few recordings given her stature. Dimitri Mitropoulos is our MET conductor, himself renowned for what seemed like an eidetic memory wherein he memorized scores at a single setting. Some might opine that this opera is an acquired musical taste insofar as it is all too rarely performed, and even so, could hardly ever be re-created at this level of vocal casting. Still, venturing out into Barber's operas may reward diligence and patient hearing. Bravo, and Thanks !
Title: Samuel Barber - Vanessa Opera in four acts
Artist(s): Conductor – Dimitri Mitropoulos
Libretto By – Gian-Carlo Menotti*
Orchestra, Chorus – Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus
Voice [A Footman] – Robert Nagy
Voice [Anatol] – Nicolai Gedda
Voice [Erika] – Rosalind Elias
Voice [The Major-Domo] – George Cehanovsky
Voice [The Old Baroness] – Regina Resnik
Voice [The Old Doctor] – Giorgio Tozzi
Voice [Vanessa] – Eleanor Steber
Recording Info: Transferred from a RCA Dolby 4-Track Tape
First performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, January 15, 1958.
Engineer – Lewis Layton
Producer – Richard Mohr