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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 : Romeo et Juliette
>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 : Romeo et Juliette
>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); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone); Antonietta Pastori (Soprano); Renato Gavarini (Tenor); Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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); Heinz Imdahl (Bass Baritone); Ludwig Welter (Bass); Christiane Sorell (Soprano); 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: Christa Ludwig (Voice); Carlo Cossutta (Voice); Ewald Aichberger (Tenor); Gilels Flossman (Voice); Siegfried Frese (Bass Baritone); Ljubomir Pantscheff (Bass); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); 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: Hertha Topper (Voice); Hans Nöcker (Bass); Karl Kohn (Voice); Eva Rogner (Soprano); Erika Koth (Voice); Kim Borg (Bass); Naan Pold (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
  • Performers: Gérard Spagnol (Voice); Iris Plaque (Voice); Jean-Pierre Laffage (Baritone); Claudine Ferment (Voice); Ivan Saur (Voice); Alfred Novello (Voice); Andree Vocals] (Soprano); Alain Vanzo (Tenor); 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); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone); Giuliano Ciannella (Tenor); Orazio Mori (Tenor); Luigi Roni (Bass); Mirella Freni (Voice); Dano Raffanti (Tenor); 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: Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Renato Ercolani (Tenor); Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Agostino Lazzari (Tenor); Enrico Campi (Bass); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Renata Tebaldi (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 96 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live