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Menotti: The Old Maid And The Thief / Rennert, Hongne, Moorefield, Konetzni [DVD]

Album Summary

>Menotti, Gian Carlo : The Old Maid and the Thief, opera
>Menotti, Gian Carlo : Das Medium
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gian Carlo Menotti was one of the most important 20th-century composers of opera working in the United States. 'The Old Maid and the Thief' and 'The Medium' are brilliant studio recordings from the early years of television. The two operas depict everyday stories about personal relationships and crime in America during the first half of 20th century. The performances are given by a first-rate cast, including Elisabeth Hongen, Eberhard Waechter and Olive Moorefield. An important document of operatic and film history, this restored recording is available on DVD for the first time.

Opera Today
Despite the questionable merit of Menotti, anyone with any nostalgia at all about the early days of TV and live performance should seek out this DVD. Even the interview is a treat, with its bland interviewer sitting at a bare desk before a curtain, asking Otto Schenk to explain the show for the audience. Schenk clearly believes in these works, as the committed acting of his singers indicates. So as a historical document rather than artistic artifact, this DVD gets a recommendation.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 127 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian



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Works Details

>Menotti, Gian Carlo : The Old Maid and the Thief, opera
  • Performers: Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano); Hilde Konetzni (Mezzo Soprano); Olive Moorefield (Soprano); Eberhard Waechter (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Rennert
  • Ensemble: Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1939

>Menotti, Gian Carlo : Das Medium
  • Performers: Nino Albanese (Voice); Maria de Vine (Soprano); Sonja Draksler (Soprano); Norman Foster (Baritone); Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano); Hilde Konetzni (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Armando Aliberti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1946