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New Orleans Opera Archives Vol 6 - Floyd: Susannah

Release Date: 12/12/1995 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1115   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carlisle Floyd
Performer:  Kay LongPhyllis CurtinNorman TreigleRichard Cassilly,   ... 
Conductor:  Knud Andersson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Orleans Opera OrchestraNew Orleans Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Perhaps Lloyd Schwartz, speaking on NPR's Fresh Air in 1996, put it best: "This is a recording of such historical importance that it should be required listening for anyone interested in opera." But beyond the unquestionable historical importance of this live 1962 performance, which showcases Norman Treigle and Phyllis Curtin in the roles they created, this recording blisters with singing of feverish intensity and captivating beauty. Conductor Knud Andersson leads an ensemble so committed to every note it sings and plays that the listener is immediately swept up in the unfolding of events. Indeed, the experience of listening to this performance is that of hearing a tragic musical juggernaut that, either physically or emotionally, crushes Read more all in its wake. A marvelous singing actress, Curtin gives a performance that remains the benchmark for the role of Susannah. As for Treigle's deeply complex interpretation of Olin Blitch, Carlisle Floyd himself still considered it, two decades later, to be the definitive performance of the part. Read less

Works on This Recording

Susannah by Carlisle Floyd
Performer:  Kay Long (Soprano), Phyllis Curtin (Soprano), Norman Treigle (Bass),
Richard Cassilly (Tenor), Keith Kaldenberg (Tenor), Jack Davis (Bass),
Marietta Muhs Cosenza (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Carter (Tenor), Marilyn Davidson (Mezzo Soprano),
Alton Brim (Tenor), Burton Parker (Bass), Jean Young (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Knud Andersson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Orleans Opera Orchestra,  New Orleans Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/31/1962 
Venue:  Live  New Orleans Opera Association, Louisiana 
Length: 93 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 

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