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Barber: Vanessa Blu-ray

Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol's handsome young sone arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.

Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century's most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in the final quintet of Mozartean poignancy - one of the greatest ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.

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Vanessa: Emma Bell
Erika:Virginie Verrez
Anatol: Edgaras Montvidas
The Old Baroness: Rosalind Plowright
The Old Doctor: Donnie Ray Albert
Footman: Romanas Kudriašovas
Nicholas, the Major-Domo: William Thomas

Extra: Vanessa, an operatic thriller; Cast Gallery

Format: Blu-ray
Regions: All Regions
Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio
Ration: 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO