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

London Philharmonic Orchestra

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 (romantic and professional) partner of more than 40 years, Gian 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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