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