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Zdenek Otava (1902-1980): Baritone - Czech Opera Arias and Songs

Audio Samples

  1. Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act III: Recitative and Aria. Hai già vinta la causa! Cosa sento! $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I: La ran la le ra la ran la la … Largo al factotum della città $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I: Duetto. Dunque io son $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Guillaume Tell, Act III: Resta immobile, e ver la terra inchina $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Don Pasquale, Act I: Duet. Pronta io son $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Don Pasquale, Act III: Duet. Cheti, cheti immantinente $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rigoletto, Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rigoletto, Act II: Tutti le feste al tempio $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Il trovatore, Act II: Tutto e deserto - Il balen del suo sorriso $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Il trovatore, Act III, Act IV: Udiste? Come albeggi $0.99 on iTunes
  11. La traviata, Act II: Di Provenza il mar $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Otello, Act II: Vanne! La tua meta già vedo - Credo in un dio crude! $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pagliacci, Act I, Prologue: Si può? Si può? $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Tosca, Act I: Tre sbirri, una carrozza $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Aria. Vi mnye pisali $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act III: Ja platchu … Platchte $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Branibori v Cechach, Act III: U sta hromu … O, kez bych nikdy z cesty prave se na krok byl nevysinul … Tvuj obraz divko … Los je hozen $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Tajemstvi, Act II: Jsem zebrak! Po usi az zadluzen! $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Armida, Op. 115, B. 206, Act III: Na prahu desnych pousti $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Nevesta messinskaa, Op. 18, Act I: Pet mesicu jiz tomu $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hedy, Op. 43, Act III: Jsem-li hricka moci pekla $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Psohlavci, Act II: Vas v ruce mam $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Psohlavci, Act III: To stalo potu, tu selskou rotu nez-li jsem zkrotil $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Karlstejn, Act III: Je-li nutno, pane vevodo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Pozdvizeni v Efesu, Act I: Co laska je? Co o ni vis? $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in Maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Secret
>Dvorak, Antonin : Armida
>Fibich, Zdenek : The Bride of Messina
>Fibich, Zdenek : The Tempest
>Fibich, Zdenek : Hedy
>Kovarovic, Karel : The Dogheads
>Novák, Vitezslav : Karlstejn
>Krejci, Isa : The Upheaval in Ephesus
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Notes & Reviews:

  • First ever portrait of Czech baritone Zdenek Otava.
  • Otava, in a career spanning more than 50 years, premiered more than 160 roles and was seen on stage in Prague in excess of 3,000 times.
  • The music on offer includes rarely heard works of Czech composers including Novak, Fibich and Foerster. The DVD(PAL format) contains footage of Otava taken from Czech TV.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Act 3. Hai già vinta la causa!
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert Brock
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1. Laranlalera... Largo al factotum
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1. Dunque io son
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Maria Tauberova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Folprecht
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Act 3. Resta immobile
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josef Blacky
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale :: Act 1. Scene 2. Pronto io son
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Maria Tauberova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Folprecht
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale :: Act 3. Scene 1. Cheti, cheti, immantinente
  • Performers: Karel Berman (Bass); Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 2. Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jiri Starek
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 2. Tutte le feste al tempio
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Maria Tauberova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Folprecht
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 2. No, vecchio, t'inganni... Si, vendetta
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Maria Tauberova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Folprecht
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 2. Tutto è deserto... Il balen del suo sorriso
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 4. Udiste? Come albeggi, la scure al figlio
  • Performers: Ludmila Dvorákov (Voice); Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in Maschera :: Act 3. Scene 1. Eri tu
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 2. Vanne... Credo in un Dio crudel
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Prologue. Si può?
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Folprecht
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Tre sbirri, una carrozza
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Antonin Votava (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Josef Bartl
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin :: Act 1. Vy mne pisali
  • Performers: Ludmila Cervinkova (Voice); Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josef Blacky
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin :: Act 3. Scene 2. Ja platchu... Platchte
  • Performers: Ludmila Dvorákov (Voice); Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Brandenburgers in Bohemia :: Act 3. Scene 1. Hell and thunder!... Oh, had I not strayed, had I not
  • Performers: Zdenek Otava (Baritone); Jan Tausendmark
  • Conductor: Jan Tichy
  • Notes: Studio Domovina, Praha (02/19/1963-03/16/1963)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Secret :: Act 2. Scene 1. I am a pauper, up to my ears in debt!
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jaroslav Krombholc
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Dvorak, Antonin : Armida :: Act 3. Scene 2. At the edge of horrid desert
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Jiracek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Fibich, Zdenek : The Bride of Messina :: Act 1. It is now five months
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jaroslav Krombholc
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Fibich, Zdenek : The Tempest :: Act 3. Good-bye, my isle!
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Hedy :: Act 3. Am I a toy in the clutches of hell?
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jiri Starek
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Kovarovic, Karel : The Dogheads :: Act 2. Scene 1. I hold in my hand what I have longed for
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Notes: Nahrávka Cs. rozhlas Praha (11/16/1961-12/01/1961)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Kovarovic, Karel : The Dogheads :: Act 3. Finale
  • Performers: Beno Blachut (Voice); Ivana Mixova (Voice); Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Dyk
  • Notes: Nahrávka Cs. rozhlas Praha (11/16/1961-12/01/1961)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Novák, Vitezslav : Karlstejn :: Act 3. If needs be, Duke
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Vasata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Krejci, Isa : The Upheaval in Ephesus :: Act 1. Scene 4. What do you know about what love is?
  • Performer: Zdenek Otava (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Isa Krejci
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta