Samuel Barber's Vanessa

Keith Warner (stage director), Jakub Hrůša (conductor), London Philharmonic Orchestra – Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa), Edgaras Montvidas (Anatol), Rosalind Plowright (The Old Baroness)

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Keith Warner — Stage director
Ashley Martin-Davis — Designer
Mark Jonathan — Lighting designer
Alex Uragallo — Projection designer
Virginie Verrez — Erika
Emma Bell — Vanessa
Edgaras Montvidas — Anatol
Rosalind Plowright — The Old Baroness
Donnie Ray Albert — The Old Doctor
William Thomas — Nicholas, the Major-Domo
Romanas Kudriašovas — Footman
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Nicholas Jenkins — Chorus director
Jakub Hrůša — Conductor

Program notes

This work won Samuel Barber his first Pulitzer Prize for music: the Glyndebourne Festival presents Vanessa, a masterpiece premiered in 1958 based on a libretto by the composer's close friend, Bian Carlo Menotti. Set to one of the most beautiful scores of the 20th Century, Vanessa tells the haunting story of a woman who, once abandoned by her lover Anatol, retreats from the world to await his return, living in isolation with her mother and niece. Two decades later, a man arrives who shatters the delicate balance of their home… Olivier Award-winning stage director Keith Warner is joined by a brilliant cast and the London Philharmonic under Kevin Lin for this musical and dramatic masterpiece of Hitchcockian psychological twists!

Photo : Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau

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Directed by:
François Roussillon
Venue: Glyndebourne (Lewes, Great Britain)
Production date: 2018
Duration: 2 h 6 min
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR, ES
Resolution: Full HD

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Sunday, September 27, 2026