Mozart - Impresario / Cosi Fan Tutte (Act 1 scenes) | VAI DVDVAI4385

Mozart - Impresario / Cosi Fan Tutte (Act 1 scenes)

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Label: VAI

Cat No: DVDVAI4385

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Contents

Artists

Eleanor Steber
Phyllis Curtin
Jacquelynne Moody
Kenneth Smith
David Lloyd
John Kuhn

Conductors

Arnold Gamson
Wolfgang Schauzer

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Cosi fan tutte, K588 (highlights)
Der Schauspieldirektor, K486 (highlights)

Artists

Eleanor Steber
Phyllis Curtin
Jacquelynne Moody
Kenneth Smith
David Lloyd
John Kuhn

Conductors

Arnold Gamson
Wolfgang Schauzer

About

Vintage English-language productions (1956/1961) of two classic Mozart comedies.

These productions of Mozart’s The Impresario (1961) and scenes from Act I of the same composer’s Così fan tutte (1956) are precious mementos of an era when Opera in English opened a new frontier for American opera companies. In New York, the Metropolitan Opera increased their audience for classic operas, the New York City Opera took the lead in presenting American works, while the New York-based NBC Opera television series presented English-language productions of both old and new works from the international repertoire. Those three companies were the training-ground for the performers on this DVD, who uniformly exhibit a firm understanding of opera as theatre.

The two best-known singers of the group are the esteemed American sopranos Eleanor Steber and Phyllis Curtin. Both sopranos favoured a tightly focused vocal production which facilitated clear diction and dramatic thrust. Each was closely associated with and premiered works by important contemporary composers, most notably Samuel Barber (for Steber) and Carlisle Floyd (for Curtin). And they both sang Fiordiligi in the Metropolitan Opera’s landmark English-language production of Così fan tutte: Steber in the production’s premiere in 1951, and Curtin ten years later, making her company debut.

Contents:
The Impresario
Cast:
- Eleanor Steber (Madame Warblewell)
- Jacquelynne Moody (Madame Heartmelt)
- John Kuhn (The Impresario)

Orchestra conducted by Arnold Gamson
In English and German • 1961

Così Fan Tutte (Scenes from Act I)
Cast:
- Phyllis Curtin (Fiordiligi)
- Jane Hobson (Dorabella)
- David Lloyd (Ferrando)
- Mac Morgan (Guglielmo)
- Kenneth Smith (Don Alfonso)

Sung in English • 1956

53 min., B&W.

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