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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 [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, opera
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>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: Renato Gavarini (Tenor); Antonietta Pastori (Soprano); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone); Ivo Vinco (Bass); 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: Anton Dermota (Voice); Heinz Imdahl (Bass Baritone); Hilde Zadek (Soprano); Ludwig Welter (Bass); Christiane Sorell (Soprano); Kurt Equiluz (Tenor); Willy Friedrich (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: Harald Proglhoff (Voice); Karl Ridderbusch (Bass); Ljubomir Pantscheff (Bass); Siegfried Frese (Bass Baritone); Gilels Flossman (Voice); Ewald Aichberger (Tenor); Carlo Cossutta (Voice); Christa Ludwig (Voice); Sherrill Milnes (Voice)
  • 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 [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, opera
  • 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: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
  • Performers: Francois Garcia (Voice); André Abello (Voice); Iris Plaque (Voice); Jean-Pierre Laffage (Baritone); Claudine Ferment (Voice); Ivan Saur (Voice); Alfred Novello (Voice); Gérard Spagnol (Voice); Andree Vocals] (Soprano); Alain Vanzo (Tenor)
  • 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: Jone Jori (Mezzo Soprano); Giuliano Ciannella (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone); Luigi Roni (Bass); Dano Raffanti (Tenor); Orazio Mori (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice)
  • 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); Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Agostino Lazzari (Tenor); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Tenor); Mirella Freni (Voice); Renata Tebaldi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 96 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live