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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: Ivo Vinco (Bass); Renato Gavarini (Tenor); Antonietta Pastori (Soprano); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone); Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo 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: Hilde Zadek (Soprano); Ludwig Welter (Bass); Kurt Equiluz (Tenor); Christiane Sorell (Soprano); Willy Friedrich (Tenor); Anton Dermota (Voice); Heinz Imdahl (Bass Baritone)
  • 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); Ewald Aichberger (Tenor); Carlo Cossutta (Voice); Christa Ludwig (Voice); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); Harald Proglhoff (Voice); Siegfried Frese (Bass Baritone); Ljubomir Pantscheff (Bass); 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: Erika Koth (Voice); Naan Pold (Voice); Karl Kohn (Voice); Hertha Topper (Voice); Hans Nöcker (Bass); Kim Borg (Bass); Eva Rogner (Soprano)
  • 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); Francois Garcia (Voice); Jean-Pierre Laffage (Baritone); Claudine Ferment (Voice); Alain Vanzo (Tenor); Alfred Novello (Voice); André Abello (Voice); Gérard Spagnol (Voice); Andree Vocals] (Soprano); Ivan Saur (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: Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone); Luigi Roni (Bass); Dano Raffanti (Tenor); Orazio Mori (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice); Jone Jori (Mezzo Soprano); Giuliano Ciannella (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: Enrico Campi (Bass); Agostino Lazzari (Tenor); Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Renata Tebaldi (Voice); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Mirella Freni (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 96 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live