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Menotti: The Old Maid And The Thief, The Medium

Menotti / Rennert / Aliberti / Hongen
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101515  
Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Elisabeth HöngenOlive MooreheadHilde KonetzniEberhard Wächter,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang RennertArmando Aliberti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gian Carlo Menotti

Die alte Jungfer und der Dieb (The Old Maid and the Thief)

Miss Todd – Elisabeth Höngen
Laetitia – Olive Moorefield
Miss Pinkerton – Hilde Konetzni
Bob – Eberhard Waechter

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Wolfgang Rennert, conductor

Historical Studio Production, 1964

Das Medium (The Medium)

Madame Flora – Elisabeth Höngen
Monika – Maria José De Vine
Toby – Nino Albanese
Mrs. Gobineau – Sonja Draksler
Mrs. Nolan – Hilde Konetzni
Mr. Gobineau – Norman Foster

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Read more Armando Aliberti, conductor

Historical Studio Production, 1961

Otto Schenk, stage director
Maxi Tschunko, costume design
Gerhard Hruby, set design

- Interview with Otto Schenk

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.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3 B/W
Sound format: PCM Mono
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 117 mins (opera) + 10 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Olive Moorehead (Voice), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano),
Eberhard Wächter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Language: German 
The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Norman Foster (Baritone), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano), Sonja Draksler (Mezzo Soprano),
María José De Vine (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Nino Albanese (Voice)
Conductor:  Armando Aliberti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Language: German 

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