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Opera Collection, page 21

   Found CDs: 331
 

S. Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery - Lyrico-comical opera in 4 acts

S. Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery - Lyrico-comical opera in 4 acts
ID: MELCD1001849
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The opera Betrothal in a Monastery (The Duenna) takes a special place not only in Prokofiev's career, but also in the history of Russian Soviet music theatre. It is the first lyrical and comic opera. Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy fascinated Prokofiev at once. Having read the play, Prokofiev exclaimed, "This is champagne! It can make an opera à la Mozart or Rossini." The composer immediately started writing the libretto using the English original and translating it into Russian. Prokofiev's wife Mira Mendelson was an author of the rhymed verse. Prokofiev composed the music within a shortest period of time - during the summer and early autumn of 1940. The premiere of the opera was expected at the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre in summer of 1941, but World War II did not let it happen. The first performance took place as late as in November of 1946, at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad and received acclaim of critics and audience alike. The opera performed by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the State Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko conducted by Kamil Abdullayev was recorded by Firma Melodiya in 1963 and awarded an André Messager prize of Academy of Lyric Recordings of France in 1967.

Valentina Kayevchenko (Luisa)
Nina Isakova (Clara)
Tamara Yanko (Duenna)
Anatoly Mishchevsky (Antonio)
Nikolai Korshunov (Don Jerome)
Jan Kratov (Ferdinand)
Eduard Bulavin (Mendoza)
20.00 eur Buy

P.I.Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda, Opera in 3 acts - Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda, Opera in 3 acts - Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor
ID: MELCD1001869
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The Voyevoda was Tchaikovsky’s first opera and was based on the comedy A Dream on the Volga, Scenes from Popular Life of the 17th Century by Ostrovsky. It was premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1869 and was very well received. The Russian musicologist Odoyovsky wrote “This opera guarantees a great future for Tchaikovsky.” This performance was recorded in 1982.



Vladimir Matorin (Nechal Shalygin), Leoid Zimenko (Vlas Dyuzhol), Alexandra Fatkina (Nastasya), Galina Guznetsova (Maria Vlasyevna), Lyudmila Bondarenko (Praskovya Vlasyevna), Nina Isakova (Nedviga), Anatoly Mishchevsky (Bastryukov), Yu. Abakumovskaya (Olena), Oleg Klenov (Dubrovnin), Vyacheslav Voinarowski (Jester), Vladimir Svistov (New Voyevoda/Rezvy)
20.00 eur Buy

A. Dargomyzhsky - Rusalka,(Mermaid) Opera in 4 Acts

A. Dargomyzhsky - Rusalka,(Mermaid) Opera in 4 Acts
ID: MELCD1001775
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

The Prince - Ivan Kozlovsky, tenor
The Princess - Veronika Borisenko, mezzo-soprano
The Miller - Alexei Krivchenya, bass
Natasha, his daughter, later a Rusalka - Evgenia Smolenskaya, soprano
Olga - Margarita Miglau, soprano
Matchmaker - Ivan Skobtsov, baritone
Little Rusalka, 12 years old non singing - Vera Tumanova
20.00 eur Buy

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Opera in Three Acts

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Opera in Three Acts
ID: MELCD1001945
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

This 1955 performance features some of the leading artists of the operatic stage; Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatyana, Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky and Yevgeny Belov as Onegin. Lemeshev’s deeply heartfelt performances in this role were particularly critically acclaimed.

Firma Melodiya presents one of the most famous and loved work of the greatest Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - the opera Eugene Onegin. This 1955 staging featured some of the leading artists of the operatic stage - Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatyana, Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky, Yevgeny Belov as Onegin, Ivan Petrov as Prince Gremlin, and also the soloists, choir and orchestra of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Boris Khaikin. The composer turned to the story of Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse of the same name in 1877, and it took him less than a year to compose the opera. Tchaikovsky somehow reconsidered the plot of the novel focusing on its lyrical component, its heroine Tatyana, and her love for Onegin. Tatyana confesses her feelings to Onegin, but he discards her. After awhile, he sees her in a ballroom and realizes he is in love with her, but it is too late - she is already another man’ wife and won’t be unfaithful to her spouse. Tatyana performed by Galina Vishnevskaya is a fine example of acting and richness of vocal palette. Also, the critics have repeatedly noted the genial performance of Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky. His deeply heartfelt performance makes the character of a lyrical poet so real, touching and at times tragic.

Galina Vishnevskaya (Tatyana), Yevgeniy Belov (Onegin), Sergey Lemeshev (Lensky), Larissa Avdeyeva (Olga), Valentina Petrova (Larina), Eugenia Verbitskaya (Filipyevna), Ivan Petrov (Gremin), Andrei Sokolov (Triquet), Igor Mikhailov (Zaretsky)

Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre / Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Boris Khaikin
20.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

A. Rubinstein - The Demon - Opera in Three Acts

A. Rubinstein - The Demon - Opera in Three Acts
ID: MELCD1002102
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Anton Rubinstein’s opera The Demon. This wonderful work, which was inspired with the poem of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov and then inspired the likes of Mikhail Vrubel and Feodor Chaliapin, became a milestone in the history of music theatre. Unfortunately, the opera was almost forgotten by the public and musicians, and only a few of its fragments were widely known. It is only lately that Russian and foreign opera houses have been showing a new interest in it.

Rubinstein finished the opera in 1871. One of the greatest pianists of the 19th century nicknamed “tsar of the stage”, a composer and conductor, the founder of the first ever Russian conservatory in St Petersburg, he stood at the summit of glory and in full possession of his composing mastery.

The Demon combined traditions of Russian and West European music art and did justice to the colour of Caucasus. The opera was a great success with the public and accepted enthusiastically even by the composers of The Five, Rubinstein’s ideological 'opponents'. “A superb artist”, wrote Modest Mussorgsky in a letter to Vladimir Stasov.

Of all recorded versions of The Demon, we offer the one realized in 1974 by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the All-Union Radio lead by the outstanding maestro Boris Khaikin. Alexander Polyakov, a young bass-baritone and future soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre performed the main part. Nina Lebedeva, a Bolshoi soloist and remarkable performer of Russian and foreign operatic repertoire sang the part of Tamara. Alexei Usmanov (tenor), a soloist of the All-Union Radio, performed the part of Sinodal.


Alexander Polyakov (Demon), Nina Lebedeva (Tamara), Evgeny Vladimirov (Gudal), Alexey Usmanov (Sinodal), Nina Grigorieva (Nanny), Nina Derbina (Angel), Yury Elnikov (Messenger), Boris Morozov (Old Servant)

Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio, USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Boris Khaikin
20.00 eur Buy

Domenico Cimarosa -GLI ORAZI E I CURIAZI

Domenico Cimarosa -GLI ORAZI E I CURIAZI
ID: OC910
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Text by Antonio Simone Sografi (1759-1818) after the tragedy "Horace" by Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)
20.50 eur Temporarily out of stock

Johann Michael Haydn: Andromeda und Perseus - opera in two acts

Johann Michael Haydn: Andromeda und Perseus - opera in two acts
ID: OC911
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

Now that Reinhard Goebel, pioneer in the world of historically informed early music performance, has officially declared that his work with Musica Antiqua Köln is coming to an end, we now encounter him in a new role: as conduc-tor of a modern symphony orchestra. But Goebel’s move away from original instruments does not mean that he will be restricting himself to the standard repertoire! In his first opera production, Goebel presents a seldom heard work by late 18th century composer Michael Haydn, “Andromeda and Perseus”, composed in 1787 and premiered in Salzburg. This release is the first CD of the historic German setting of the libretto as found in Haydn’s original score. The unimaginably virtuosic arias and recitatives are linked by modern texts that compellingly lead us through the drama.
20.50 eur Buy

G. Puccini - Boheme - Orchestrated and Directed by Tony Britten

G. Puccini - Boheme - Orchestrated and Directed by Tony Britten
ID: SIGDVD004
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

DVD Format: DVD5
Duration: 93 mins
AC3 5.1 PCM stereo
Screen Format: 16:9
Region Code: PAL. Region 0, Plays in all territories
Menu screens: English
Colour mode: Colour


The third DVD to be released between the collaborative foce of Signum Vision and Tony Britten.

Puccini's original masterpiece has been brought up to date in this moving English speaking version filmed in South East London.

Mary Lincoln - Mimi
Graham MacKay-Bruce - Rudolfo
Darryl Knock - Marcello
Ian K, Jervis - Colline
Simon Masterton-Smith - Alcindoro
Maria Kesselman - Musetta
Nigel Planer - Benoit
21.00 eur Buy

Falstaff - In a new version by Tony Britten - Based on the opera by Verdi and Boito

Falstaff - In a new version by Tony Britten - Based on the opera by Verdi and Boito
ID: SIGDVD001
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Region Code: PAL.Region 0, Plays in all territories
Menu screens: English
Color mode: Colour.Dolby Surround AC-3 Sound; Qualiton Imports LTD.
Screen Format: 16.9
DVD Format: DVD 9
Duration: 118 mins
Subtitles: none
Sound Format: AC3 5.1, PCM stereo

John Falstaff - Ian Jervis, baritone
Alice Ford - Jan Hartley, soprano
Francis Ford QC - Julian Forsyth, baritone
Doctor Caius - Simon Butteriss, tenor
Bardolph - Daniel Gillingwater, tenor
Pistol - Simon Masterton Smith, bass
Mrs Quickly - Marilyn Cutts, contralto
Meg Page - Rosamund Shelley, mezzo-soprano
Nanetta Ford - Katie Lovell, soprano
Fenton - Andy Morton, tenor

Verdi’s timeless masterpiece brought up to date in a hilarious new English version, shot on and around a golf course.

At a golf club near Windsor, “Big John” Falstaff props up the bar at the nineteenth hole, (the member’s bar) which is where he is invariably to be found. He doesn’t actually play golf, because no-one wants to play with him - and anyway he’s probably too plump to make it beyond the first green. However he takes comfort in the fact that his bar bill is about to be settled, and all he has to do to achieve this extraordinary feat is to seduce the lovely Alice Ford, a task that he considers himself eminently qualified to undertake. As the big man blunders from one catastrophe to another and the plot races towards its uproarious conclusion, Tony Britten’s trademark wit and accessibility perfectly compliments Verdi’s glorious comedy.

Falstaff is an operatic commedia lirica in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV.
21.00 eur Buy

Harrison Birtwistle: Punch & Judy

Harrison Birtwistle: Punch & Judy
ID: NMCD138
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Scenario snd Libretto by Stephen Pruslin

An Ancora reissue of the acclaimed recording by the London Sinfonietta under David Atherton, with soloists including Phyllis Bryn-Julson, David Wilson-Johnson and John Tomlinson.
22.00 eur Buy

 
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