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Shakespeare at the Opera - Verdi: Otello, etc [14 CDs]

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>Wagner, Richard : Das Liebesverbot, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Nicolai, Otto : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
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Notes & Reviews:

Seven complete operas based on plays by Shakespeare—great live opera recordings at budget price in one space-saving set! Exciting live recordings taped 1958–1983 feature the greatest plays ever written, enhanced by great music! The Capulets and the Montagues by Vincenzo Bellini is the familiar story of Romeo and Juliet, but derived from earlier Italian sources than Shakespeare’s play. Wagner’s second opera, Das Liebesverbot (seldom heard today) is based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The sources of the rest of the operas recorded here are self-explanatory, with Verdi’s Otello having been called by some an improvement on Shakespeare!



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Works Details

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
  • Performers: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano); Ivo Vinco (Bass); Antonietta Pastori (Soprano); Renato Gavarini (Tenor); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 39 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Das Liebesverbot, opera
  • Performers: Hilde Zadek (Soprano); Kurt Equiluz (Tenor); Willy Friedrich (Tenor); Ludwig Welter (Bass); Heinz Imdahl (Bass Baritone); Anton Dermota (Voice); Christiane Sorell (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Running Time: 27 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834-1835
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
  • Performers: Harald Proglhoff (Voice); Karl Ridderbusch (Bass); Ljubomir Pantscheff (Bass); Siegfried Frese (Bass Baritone); Carlo Cossutta (Voice); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); Christa Ludwig (Voice); Gilels Flossman (Voice); Ewald Aichberger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 94 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nicolai, Otto : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
  • Performers: Karl Kohn (Voice); Naan Pold (Voice); Hans Nöcker (Bass); Eva Rogner (Soprano); Erika Koth (Voice); Kim Borg (Bass); Hertha Topper (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Notes: Composition written: 1849.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette, opera
  • Performers: Iris Plaque (Voice); Claudine Ferment (Voice); Ivan Saur (Voice); Alfred Novello (Voice); Andree Vocals] (Soprano); Gérard Spagnol (Voice); Alain Vanzo (Tenor); André Abello (Voice); Jean-Pierre Laffage (Baritone); Francois Garcia (Voice)
  • Conductor: Antonio Almeida
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 113 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
  • Performers: Luigi Roni (Bass); Giuliano Ciannella (Tenor); Jone Jori (Mezzo Soprano); Placido Domingo (Voice); Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone); Dano Raffanti (Tenor); Mirella Freni (Voice); Orazio Mori (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Running Time: 110 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
  • Performers: Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano); Enrico Campi (Bass); Renata Tebaldi (Voice); Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Agostino Lazzari (Tenor); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Mirella Freni (Voice); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 96 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live