Type TV Special
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr
Keywords opera, performance
Status Completed
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Johanna Meier Actor Vanessa 1 1000001
Katherine Ciesinski Actor Erika 1 1000002
Henry Price Actor Anatol 1 1000003
Irwin Densen Actor Doctor 1 1000004
Alice Garrott Actor Baroness 1 1000005
William Bender Actor Major Domo 1 1000006
Kirk Browning Director n/a 2 2000001
Gian Carlo Menotti Director stage director 2 2000002
Jac Venza Executive Producer ("Great Performances") 174 3000001
Charles S Morris Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
David Griffiths Producer n/a 3 3000003
Sidney Palmer Producer n/a 3 3000004
Sam Paul Post-Production Supervisor n/a 120796 5000001
Ralph Holmes Lighting Director n/a 120829 6000001
Samuel Barber Music n/a 120781 8000001
Christopher Keene Music music director 120781 8000002
Christopher Keene Music Conductor n/a 120818 8000003
Pasquale Grossi Scenic Artist scenic designer 745 9000001
Pasquale Grossi Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Max Wilcox Audio audio producer 120810 14000001
Gian Carlo Menotti Other libretto 120795 26000001
A performance of Barber's opera from the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. The story concerns a middle-aged woman named Vanessa who has waited twenty years for her lover to return and has had only her niece, Erika, to share her life and reflect her despair. When Anatol, the son of her now-dead lover, appears, he falls in love with Vanessa and leaves with her for Paris, while Erika is left tragically alone.