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