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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); Renato Gavarini (Tenor); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone); Antonietta Pastori (Soprano)
  • 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: Christiane Sorell (Soprano); Ludwig Welter (Bass); Heinz Imdahl (Bass Baritone); Hilde Zadek (Soprano); Willy Friedrich (Tenor); Anton Dermota (Voice); Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
  • 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: Gilels Flossman (Voice); Harald Proglhoff (Voice); Christa Ludwig (Voice); Carlo Cossutta (Voice); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); Ljubomir Pantscheff (Bass); Siegfried Frese (Bass Baritone); Ewald Aichberger (Tenor); Karl Ridderbusch (Bass)
  • 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: Naan Pold (Voice); Karl Kohn (Voice); Hertha Topper (Voice); Eva Rogner (Soprano); Hans Nöcker (Bass); Erika Koth (Voice); Kim Borg (Bass)
  • 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: Gérard Spagnol (Voice); Andree Vocals] (Soprano); Alain Vanzo (Tenor); Francois Garcia (Voice); Claudine Ferment (Voice); Ivan Saur (Voice); André Abello (Voice); Iris Plaque (Voice); Jean-Pierre Laffage (Baritone); Alfred Novello (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); Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone); Jone Jori (Mezzo Soprano); Dano Raffanti (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Mirella Freni (Voice); Placido Domingo (Voice); Orazio Mori (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Running Time: 110 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887
  • Studio/Live: Live

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