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A rare Samuel Barber and Monteverdi’s final masterpiece—the best opera and ballet in 2018

An outing for the US opera that won a Pulitzer but was then forgotten

By Neil Norman   August 2018

 

Vanessa

Glyndebourne Festival, 5th to 26th August

At its premiere in January 1958, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa was hailed as the first Great American Opera and won a Pulitzer Prize. To celebrate its 60th anniversary Glyndebourne is producing its own version directed by Keith Warner. The piece flew in the face of fashionable dissonance by returning to the Romantic era of Puccini and Verdi with identifiable melodies, musical structure and a tragic tale at its heart. Containing some of Barber’s most exquisite music and…

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