Vanessa  (Barber) (Mitropoulos;  Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, Ira Malaniuk, Nicolai Gedda, Giorgio Tozzi) (2-Orfeo C 653 621)
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Vanessa  (Barber) (Mitropoulos;  Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, Ira Malaniuk, Nicolai Gedda, Giorgio Tozzi) (2-Orfeo C 653 621)
OP1435. VANESSA (Barber), Live Performance, 16 Aug., 1958, Salzburg, w.Mitropoulos Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble; Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, Ira Malaniuk, Nicolai Gedda, Giorgio Tozzi, etc.; Interview with Samuel Barber. (Austria) 2-Orfeo C 653 621. Final Sealed Copy! - 4011790653228

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"This Salzburg performance retains five key personalities from the Metropolitan production. Mitropoulos still imposes a taut and powerful propulsiveness on the score and there is no denying that [Steber] gave herself utterly to the title role, while Elias' compelling realization of Erika put her own career into high gear. Gedda is still the amiable rascal, and Tozzi again makes the doctor one of the most endearing characters in all opera. What is added to these veterans' efforts here is the context of actual stage performance. All seem just a little more caught up in their characters - especially Steber and Elias. These are advantages over the technically more precise but emotionally cooler RCA studio recording. If you really care about VANESSA, do not overlook this Orfeo document."

- John W. Barker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2007





"[Given] the stimulus of an audience, and especially the frisson between Dimitri Mitropoulos and the Vienna Philharmonic players, [this] results in a very exciting performance. Sailing through it all is Eleanor Steber in the title-role, a great singer whose name is now too little known among opera lovers."

- Patrick O'Connor, GRAMOPHONE, Dec., 2006





"Strangely enough, I don't think I really enjoyed VANESSA with my usual relish that season. I had learned it so fast that I was never quite as sure of it that first year as I was of my other roles. I was always conscious of small mistakes, and that bothered me. The recording, on the other hand, is musically perfect. Nevertheless, I loved the opera. I don't think I could have done what I did if I hadn't adored the work itself. It not only seemed to have been written for me. It was me!....Anyone who was backstage during the first and subsequent performances of VANESSA knows that I came off the stage after that big first act so near to collapse that the story got around that I had fainted. VANESSA took absolutely everything out of me. Until then, I'd always been able to keep something in reserve. I had always been able to do my roles and have a little bit left over. But as Vanessa, I spent everything."

- Eleanor Steber, ELEANOR STEBER, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, p.193





"...let me say once again how immensely grateful we all are for your courageous and helpful action in taking over Vanessa. You proved once more that a great artist...[can create] an extraordinary feat and wonderful performance justifying everything. Indeed, it was a triumph for you."

- Sir Rudolf Bing, ELEANOR STEBER, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, p.194





"[Given] the stimulus of an audience, and especially the frisson between Dimitri Mitropoulos and the Vienna Philharmonic players, [this] results in a very exciting performance. Sailing through it all is Eleanor Steber in the title-role, a great singer whose name is now too little known among opera lovers."

- Patrick O'Connor, GRAMOPHONE, Dec., 2006