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The Essential Treigle

Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan"
The list author says: "Norman Treigle (1927-1975) was one of history's greatest singing-actors."
Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle
Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle
"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)"
Boito: Mefistofele
Boito: Mefistofele
"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)"
Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation)
Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation)
"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)"
Floyd: Susannah
Floyd: Susannah
"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)"
Six Great Basses [VHS]
Six Great Basses [VHS]
"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)"
1 Act Masterpiece
1 Act Masterpiece
"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)"
Sojourner & Mollie Sinclair
Sojourner & Mollie Sinclair
"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)"
New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Werner Torkanowsky conductor; Norman Treigle bass baritone; Gordon O Brown Chorus Master; 1972 Vinyl LP
New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Werner Torkanowsky conductor; Norman Treigle bass baritone; Gordon O Brown Chorus Master; 1972 Vinyl LP
"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."
A Copland Celebration, Vol. 3: Vocal & Choral Works
A Copland Celebration, Vol. 3: Vocal & Choral Works
"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)"
La Boheme
La Boheme
"This is an all-star cast in 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)  From Opera Depot is found one of Treigle's greatest performances, in the twelve-tone 'Il prigioniero,' led by Leopold Stokowski (1960)."
Handel: Julius Caesar
Handel: Julius Caesar
"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)"
Giulio Cesare
Giulio Cesare
"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)  From the same year, on Opera Depot, is found Treigle's 'live' Méphistophélès in 'Faust,' with Sills, from the New York City Opera."
Cherubini: Médée
Cherubini: Médée
"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 Thaïs St Julien, passionately conducted by Bart Folse.  (1997)"