The Essential Treigle

A Listmania! list by Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
The list author says: "Norman Treigle (1927-1975) was one of history's greatest singing-actors."
Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle
1.  Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle by Brian Morgan
The list author says:
  "This is the list author's critically-acclaimed biography of the great bass-baritone.  It is the result of ten years of research and interviews with many of his relatives, friends, and colleagues. (2006)"
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Boito: Mefistofele
2.  Boito: Mefistofele by Boito
The list author says:
  "This is Treigle's masterpiece, his greatest role, and final recording (for EMI), with Plácido Domingo and Montserrat Caballé co-starring.  It is frighteningly intense, even over-powering. (1973)"
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Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation)
3.  Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation) by Beverly Sills
The list author says:
  "What a marvelous, underrated set.  It has Treigle as his unforgettable Villains, Beverly Sills at her zenith as the Heroines, and the adorable Susanne Marsee in her only commercial recording (as Nicklausse).  (1972)"
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Floyd: Susannah
4.  Floyd: Susannah by Carlisle Floyd
The list author says:
  "This is the opera in which Treigle had his first great success.  This 'live' recording (on VAI) is from his native city of New Orleans, and also features a stunning Phyllis Curtin and Richard Cassilly.  Treigle's Reverend Blitch was regarded as definitive, by no less than Carlisle Floyd himself.  (1962)"
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Six Great Basses [VHS]
5.  Six Great Basses [VHS] VHS Six Great Basses
The list author says:
  "Here is the only film of Treigle that has been released commercially.  It is taken from a kinescope of a 1958 performance of the Revival Scene from 'Susannah,' in New Orleans.  This performance took place shortly after his European debut, in this opera.  Here, one can see why he was acclaimed as one of the greatest of singing-actors.  Incomparable.  (1958)"
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1 Act Masterpiece
6.  1 Act Masterpiece by Carlisle Floyd
The list author says:
  "Here is the world-premiere production of another Floyd opera, with Treigle haunting in the title role.  Also featured in this 'live' performance are Audrey Schuh, who is extraordinary as the young girl, Tess, and the excellent Alan Crofoot.  (1966)"
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Sojourner & Mollie Sinclair
7.  Sojourner & Mollie Sinclair by C. Floyd
The list author says:
  "This is Floyd's only comedy, and this first production of it is amazing!  Patricia Neway is, of course, a delight as Mollie Sinclair.  (1963)"
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New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Werner Torkanowsky conductor; Norman Treigle bass baritone; Gordon O Brown Chorus Master; 1972 Vinyl LP
8.  New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Werner Torkanowsky conductor; Norman Treigle bass baritone; Gordon O Brown Chorus Master; 1972 Vinyl LP 
The list author says:
  "Treigle recorded three excerpts from Floyd's 'solo cantata on biblical texts,' 'Pilgrimage' (which he had premiered in 1960) with the New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra conducted by Werner Torkanowsky, in 1971, for the now-defunct label, Orion.  Hopefully, we will one day see its release on Compact Disc.  Also included are various instrumental works of other contemporary composers."
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A Copland Celebration, Vol. 3: Vocal & Choral Works
9.  A Copland Celebration, Vol. 3: Vocal & Choral Works by A. Copland
The list author says:
  "In 1954, Treigle was in the world-premiere of 'The Tender Land,' at the New York City Opera.  In 1966, when the composer conducted an abridged recording of his only opera, Treigle was the only participant from the original cast.  Joy Clements is also heard here, in her only operatic recording.  (1966)"
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La Boheme
10.  La Boheme by Puccini
The list author says:
  "This was a production that many New Orleanians of a 'certain age' still remember:  An all-star cast of the beloved Puccini favorite, with Licia Albanese, Giuseppe di Stefano, Schuh, Giuseppe Valdengo, and Treigle, conducted by Renato Cellini.  Colline was, in fact, the role of Treigle's New York debut, six years earlier.  (1959)"
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Handel: Julius Caesar
11.  Handel: Julius Caesar by George Frideric Handel
The list author says:
  "This was Treigle's first complete operatic recording (for RCA), of a role written for a castrato.  While miscast, he nevertheless makes much of the role, especially in the recitatives.  Sills, of course, is sensational as Cleopatra, her first big success.  (1966)"
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Giulio Cesare
12.  Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel
The list author says:
  "This 'live' recording is of the Treigle/Sills debut at the Teatro Colón, in Buenos Aires.  The acoustics of the beautiful theatre are excellent, and one can hear the voices of Sills and Treigle at their peak.  (1968)"
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Cherubini: Médée
13.  Cherubini: Médée by Andrea Matthews
The list author says:
  "Here is Treigle's daughter, Phyllis Treigle, in a role worthy of her heritage:  The murderous, wicked Medea, here heard in the original, opéra-comique version, with period instruments (on Newport Classic).  The soprano is stunning in the fierce role, and is well-matched by a cast that includes D'Anna Fortunato and Thaďs St Julien, passionately conducted by Bart Folse.  (1997)"
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