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Gian Carlo Menotti: Die Alte Jungfer Und Der Dieb & Das Medium
Historical Studio Production, 1961 & 1964
The Old Maid and the Thief
sung in German as 'Die Alter Jungfer und der Dieb'
Elisabeth Höngen (Miss Todd), Olive Moorefield (Laetitia), Hilde Konetzni (Miss Pinkerton) & Eberhard Waechter (Bob)
sung in German as 'Das Medium'
Elisabeth Höngen (Madame Flora), José De Vine (Monika Maria), Nino Albanese (Toby) & Hilde Konetzni (Mrs. Nolan)
Orchestra of The Wiener Volksoper
Directed by Otto Schenk & Set Design by Gerhard Hruby
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 Höngen, Eberhard Waechter and Olive Moorefield. The Orchestra of the Wiener Volksoper is conducted by Wolfgang Rennert (The Old Man and the Thief) and Armando Alberti (The Medium). An important document of operatic and film history, this restored recording is available on DVD for the first time.
BONUS: Interview with Otto Schenk
Sound Format: PCM Mono
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Running Time: 117 mins (Opera), 10 mins (Bonus)
Subtitle Languages: DE, IT, GB, FR, ES, JP
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Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief
Natalie Arduino (Miss Todd), Lynn Parr Mock (Miss Pinkerton), Nicole Franklin (Laetitia), Blake Davidson (Bob ' 'The Thief'), Jon Morehouse (narrator)
Lone Spring Arts Orchestra, Victoria Bond
Even for those of a “certain age” (i.e., baby-boomers) who never followed classical music, there is the indelible memory of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Menotti’s warm, wonderful Christmas opera, one of the first commissioned for television’s early days. Some dozen years earlier, the composer, only 27, had been commissioned by the same company for the very first opera for radio, “The Old Maid and the Thief.” Menotti began writing songs at an early age and studied at the Curtis Institute where he began a lifelong friendship with Samuel Barber, won a Pulitzer Prize for his first full-length opera “The Consul,” and oversaw the famed Spoleto Festival, beginning in 1958. Menotti’s delicate, tuneful music was almost a modern counterpart to the music of Rossini, full of high spirits, color and equal amounts of drama. This first recording of “The Old Maid and The Thief” in nearly 40 years is a wonderful memorial for the composer who died earlier this year.