Kiri Te Kanawa in Vanessa with the L.A. Opera
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The last date listed for Vanessa was Saturday December 18, 2004 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Philip M.
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I had two reasons to spend $150 on an opera I didn't know. The first was the composer, Samuel Barber. I'm a big fan of his violin and piano concertos, which are modern but still lyrical. Secondly, I wanted to see Kiri Te Kanawa, who has never played Los Angeles before, and is now 60.
Typical LA traffic cost us 3 hours(!) so we arrived 50 minutes late. Management refused to seat us until the beginning of the 2nd act.
The libretto is both cold and bombastic. Lines were actually getting unintentional chuckles. And the music was not as lyrical as I had hoped.
The production itself was stylized but good, dominated by a gigantic staircase. The singing was first rate, Te Kanawa of course, but also the young woman playing her niece was especially moving, flinging herself off the aforementioned staircase, beating her breast about her unwanted and pregancy and overall immersing herself in the role in a memorable way.
I heard other theater goers commenting that they weren't crazy about the music but got caught up in the story.
If you like big melodramtic operas, or are a Kanawa or Barber fan, I would recommend it. If you're not a big opera lover I would pass.
A woman of legendary beauty. An unforgettable voice. One of opera’s most beloved sopranos, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, makes a long-awaited appearance in a role that could have been written for her. For 20 years, Vanessa has hidden her heartbreak from the world. But Vanessa embraces life again when a desperately awaited opportunity—in a wholly unexpected form— finally arrives. Sumptuous vocalism and breathtaking orchestrations celebrate love’s victory against despair.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, making her first operatic appearance with the Company, is our perfect Vanessa. Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer debuts as Vanessa’s niece Erika, who succumbs too easily to the charms of a handsome visitor from the past. Our unparalleled cast also includes tenor John Matz and baritone David Evitts. Mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, who triumphed as Erika at the opera’s 1958 world premiere, returns in the chilling role of the Old Baroness. A striking John Cox production is conducted by Simone Young.
In English with English Supertitles
2 hours 40 minutes
One hour prior to each performance, led by Michael Hackett.