January 15, 1958 | Metropolitan Opera
Vanessa
Composer:Samuel Barber
Librettist:Gian Carlo Menotti
Synopsis
Vanessa has lived as a shut-in-with her mirrors covered for 20 years since her lover Anatol deserted her. Her mother, the Old Baroness, will not speak to her and her only companion is her niece, Erika. As the opera opens, they are preparing for Anatol's return. When he arrives at the door, Vanessa declares her love for him-then faints when she discovers that it is not he, but his son, also named Anatol. Anatol explains that his father has died, but he wanted to meet the woman that haunted his father for so many years. Meanwhile, Erika has fallen in love with Anatol. He seduces her. When he turns his attentions toward Vanessa, Erika discovers that she is pregnant. Vanessa and Anatol announce their plans to marry while Erika flees from the house, causing her to miscarry. Vanessa and Anatol depart from the house as Erika covers all the mirrors.


Productions
Click company name to view productions details.
COMPANYTITLEDATES
Santa Fe OperaVanessa7/30/2016 - 8/24/2016
West Edge OperaVanessa9/9/2013 - 9/22/2013
Sarasota OperaVanessa3/24/2012 - 3/24/2012
Nevada Opera AssociationVanessa2/13/2011 - 2/13/2011
Boston University - CFAVanessa9/28/2010 - 9/28/2010
Chautauqua OperaVanessa8/7/2006 - 8/8/2006
Central City OperaVanessa7/1/2005 - 8/1/2005
San Diego Opera AssociationVanessa4/1/2005 - 4/24/2005
Los Angeles OperaVanessa11/1/2004 - 12/1/2004
Des Moines Metro OperaVanessa6/30/2001 - 7/14/2001
Seattle OperaVanessa2/2/1999 - 3/13/1999
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityVanessa5/5/1997 - 5/18/1997
Dallas OperaVanessa1/1/1994 - 1/15/1994


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
Click here to learn more about OPERA America granting programs.
GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Next Stage1997

Title Information

All information is derived from OPERA America's Season Schedule of Performances and titles databases which date back to 1991. OPERA America is constantly updating this data. If you feel that a work or an artist has been omitted or that information is incorrect, please use the linked forms below.
Title Information Form
Artist Information Form

Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Predominantly neo-romantic; metric flexibility; some dissonance; accessible, lyrical melodies

Vocal & Musical Forces
Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Original Cast
Eleanor Steber (Vanessa)
Rosalind Elias (Erika)
Regina Resnik (The Old Baroness)
Nicolai Gedda (Anatol)
Giorgio Tozzi (The Old Doctor)
George Cehanovsky (Nicholas)
Robert Nagy (Footman)


Technical Production Directory
There are 3 entries in the Technical Production Directory for this work.

INSTRUCTIONS:
You must be logged in as an OPERA America Professional Company Member or other qualified membership level to view this information.

Select "Technical Production Directory" from the Members Links+ option above.
THE ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
THE NATIONAL OPERA CENTER EVENTS FACILITIES AND SERVICES
BECOME A MEMBER MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES
SUPPORT OPERA AMERICA
RESOURCES
To have your company’s photos included in the header rotation, send photos that are at least 1200px wide and 550px tall to Webmaster@operaamerica.org. Please note that submission of photos does not guarantee inclusion.
All OPERA America facilities are handicapped accessible. The National Opera Center features ground-level entry with elevators to the venue. All spaces are wheelchair accessible, and modular seating can be arranged to accommodate wheelchair users for all programs and performances. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available on all floors.
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.796.8620 • Fax: 212.796.8621
Info@operaamerica.org

Privacy PolicyReturns Policy
Financial Statements
© Copyright 1995-2017 OPERA America Inc.

Technical issue with the website? Let us know.