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

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