Music by Samuel Barber, libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti
One of the great American operas, Vanessa was wildly received at its premiere and won a Pulitzer Prize for Barber.
Barber’s score is noted for its great beauty—moments of disquieting intimacy alternate with ferocious lyrical passion. Barber and Menotti tell the story of two women who yearn for a love that is immortal. One is in denial; the other accepts her fate.
While enthusiastically received by the audience at its premiere in 1958, Vanessa… Show more
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