Opera

   
 SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
   
 Vanessa 122:09  
  An opera in three acts (1954-57, revised 1964). Text by Gian Carlo Menotti  
  Act I  
  Scene 1 26:31      
1 Introduction 1:26
2 Erika: 'Potage crème aux perles' 1:26
3 Vanessa: 'No, I cannot understand why. . .' 5:46
4 Erika: 'Must the winter come so soon?' 2:33
5 Erika: 'Listen!. . . They are here' 1:40
6 Vanessa: 'Do not utter a word, Anatol' 4:56
7 Anatol: 'Yes, I believe I shall love you' 2:04
8 Erika: 'Who are you?' 5:59
  Scene 2 29:13      
9 Baroness: 'And then?' 4:31
10 Vanessa: 'No, you are not as good a skater. . .' 3:13
11 Doctor: 'Under the willow tree. . .' 2:51
12 Vanessa: 'Erika, I am so happy' 4:01
13 Erika: 'Did you hear her?' 1:35
14 Anatol: 'Help, help! Save me from their talk' 2:54
15 Anatol: 'Outside this house the world has changed' 3:12
16 Vanessa: 'Hurry now!' 2:19
17 Chorus: 'In morning light let us rejoice' 4:37
  Act II 21:12      
18 Major-domo: 'The Count and the Countess of d'Albanie' 3:17
19 Doctor: 'I should never have been a doctor' 3:35
20 Vanessa: 'Here you are!' 1:35
21 Anatol: 'At last I've found you' 1:38
22 Anatol: 'Love has a bitter core, Vanessa' 4:41
23 Doctor: 'Nothing to worry about' 6:26
  Act III  
  Scene 1 18:48      
24 Vanessa: 'Why did no-one warn me?' 5:05
25 Vanessa: 'Why must the greatest sorrow. . .' 2:26
26 Doctor: 'There, look!' 3:06
27 Anatol: 'On the path to the lake' 3:00
28 Vanessa: 'Anatol, tell me the truth!' 2:40
29 Erika: 'Grandmother!' 2:31
30 Intermezzo 4:39
  Scene 2 21:19      
31 Anatol: 'By the time we arrive in Paris' 1:09
32 Doctor: 'For every love there is a last farewell' 2:23
33 Vanessa: 'And you, my friend' 2:50
34 Vanessa: 'Erika, before I leave, you must tell me' 4:22
35 Vanessa: 'To leave, to break, to find, to keep' 4:00
36 Erika: 'Goodbye, be happy, Aunt Vanessa' 2:57
37 Erika: 'No, I must never say that name again' 3:38
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5032
 Christine Brewer soprano - Vanessa
 Susan Graham mezzo-soprano - Erika
 Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano - The Old Baroness
 William Burden tenor - Anatol
 Neal Davies bass - The Old Doctor
 Simon Birchall bass-baritone - Nicholas
 Stephen Charlesworth bass - Footman
 Leonard Slatkin