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Shakespeare at the Opera - Verdi: Otello, etc [14 CDs]

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>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

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