A heartbreaking story of love, loyalty and obsession, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Vanessa is a 20th century masterpiece.
For 20 years Vanessa has waited in vain for the return of her lover, shutting herself away on her remote estate with only her mother and niece for company. But when her lover’s handsome young son Anatol arrives unexpectedly, she feels the stirrings of love once again.
Confronted with two potential conquests – the passionate, impulsive Vanessa and her thoughtful niece Erika – Anatol finds himself conflicted. His choices set in motion a story in which tragedy and joy are closely, and painfully, interwoven.
Composer Samuel Barber
Director Keith Warner
Conductor Jakub Hrůša
Cast Emma Bell, Virginie Verrez, Edgaras Montvidas, Rosalind Plowright, Donnie Ray Albert
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
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