|Still from Ariadne, with the commedia dell' arte troupe. After her tour de force scene, Grist received three uproarious curtain calls.|
Grist's official operatic debut was at the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, when she played the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, followed by the role of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. When Igor Stravinsky heard Grist in the latter performance, he invited her to perform his Le Rossignol with him conducting with the Washington Opera Society. This led to her European debut, in 1960, as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute in Cologne. From there, Grist became a member of the Zurich Opera (1960–1966), leading to other successful debuts in London, Vienna, and San Francisco, among others, including at the Salzburg Festival in 1964. Her Metropolitan Opera debut took place on February 25, 1966, as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, leading to a smattering of subsequent, impressive roles. She closed her operatic career in 1991 at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in the one-woman opera composed by Morton Feldman (to a text by Samuel Beckett), and directed by Pierre Audi.Here are scenes from the aforementioned Figaro. In this one, Grist is interacting with the adorable Edith Mathis as Cherubino. In the next, she sings one of Susanna's most beautiful arias. Then we have a scene from Ariadne, with Hildegard Hillebrecht. (Don't worry, if you buy the operas you can access English subtitles.)
Going all out here, I'm adding this version of the magical final trio from Strauss's Rosenkavalier. This is the DVD we're carrying. Just ignore the mishmash of subtitles by the Spanish youtuber, and enjoy!