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