About Teresa Stratas
Soprano Teresa Stratas sang with The Metropolitan Opera for over three decades and made her name as one of the most gifted singing actresses of the 20th century. Stratas was born Anastasia Stratakis in Toronto, Ontario, to a family of Greek immigrants. Shortly after graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she made her professional operatic debut as Mimi in La bohème.
Stratas joined The Metropolitan Opera in 1959 and would remain with the company through 1995. Throughout her career, she performed in many of the most beloved operas, like Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Faust, and Otello.
Nonesuch has recorded two albums with Stratas celebrating the work of composer Kurt Weill. Both—The Unknown Kurt Weill and Stratas Sings Weill—feature unpublished songs given to the singer by Weill's widow, Lotte Lenya, who told Stratas that "nobody can sing Weill's music better than you do."
November 15, 1986
The New York Times described Stratas's voice as being "of such commanding richness that it imparts a grand musicality, along with an aura of high drama, to everything she touches." This collection features music from throughout Weill's career; the Times called it "a record filled with the richness of life" and named it among the year's best upon its release.