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Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Works: 1,099 works in 3,219 publications in 6 languages and 44,820 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Television adaptations  History  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Operas  Motion picture music  Interviews  Film adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Instrumentalist, Conductor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

56 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story: Act I. The action unfolds on Cyprus, under Venetian rule in the 16th century. The scene is outside the castle, residence of Otello, governor of the island, facing the port. It is night. A furious storm churns the sea, and a crowd of Venetian citizens and soldiers helplessly watch while the ship of the Moor Otello desperately tries to make it into port. Only Iago, one of Otello's men, does not participate in the general apprehension for the safety of his leader: he hates Otello, because Otello has promoted Cassio captain instead of him; he meditates revenge. The crowd is jubilant as Otello finally lands safely and announces that the Turkish fleet has been defeated. When the Moor enters the castle, the fireworks start and all drink to his victory. In the midst of the rejoicing, Iago starts to weave the scheme that will lead to his commander's downfall: he treacherously insinuates to Roderigo, who had revealed to Iago his love for Otello's wife, Desdemona, that Captain Cassio also feels the same affection for the woman. Then Iago gets Cassio drunk, and incites a fight between the two men, but the dangerous duel that starts between them is stopped by Montano. However, the peacemaker is wounded by Cassio. Iago sounds the alarm, swelling the episode out of proportion until the crowd is in tumult. Called back by the shouts and noise, Otello, falsely informed by Iago, punishes Cassio and demotes him. This is a first victory for Iago, who exults
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

56 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1950 production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia features Lily Pons as Rosina, Giuseppe di Stefano as Count Almaviva and Giuseppe Valdengo as Figaro
Gilbert & Sullivan's The sorcerer by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each Lord of Ruddigore is cursed to commit a crime a day or die. Robin, who is the Lord of Ruddigore living incognito to avoid the family curse, is exposed and forced into a life of crime until logic offers an ingenious solution and reunion with Rose Maybud
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

78 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Maria Callas's only broadcast from the stage of the Met. Hearing "La Divina" in an actual performance is a unique thrill, and Lucia is a huge part of the palpable Callas mystique. Donizetti's bloody tale of the Scottish lass torn from her true love and forced into an arranged marriage, only to go mad and murder her bridegroom on their wedding night, was the perfect vehicle for Callas's wizardry. Her haunting voice simply becomes Lucia's--every facet of emotion so pronounced that we cannot escape her spell
Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

45 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a wealthy old bachelor decides to take a pretty young wife, he is--this being opera--in for trouble. Especially when that wife is the enchanting Reri Grist. Fernando Corena sings the matrimonially inclined title hero, whose plan to disinherit his nephew--the suave, mesmerizing Alfredo Kraus--backfires with more than a little help from Tom Krause's Dr. Malatesta
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini( )

32 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of Katerina Ismailova, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The action takes place in Mtsensk immediately before the Russian Revolution of 1917. In the tradition of "Anna Karenina" and "Madame Bovary" Katerina's fatalistic pusuit of passion has disasterous results
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

36 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Manon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

23 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For Manon I could have given up my hopes of heaven itself," declares her lover des Grieux--after utterly ruining himself for her and following her into a destitute exile in an alien country. In Massenet's adaptation of Abbé Prévost's novel, Anna Moffo is a perfect Manon--beautiful, enticing, and offering the promise of pleasure that makes everything else fade into insignificance. The great Nicolai Gedda sings her enthralled lover. Thomas Schippers conducts the glittering, sumptuous score that brings to life the story from its heady beginning to its heart-wrenching end
Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of pirates who can't seem to make piracy pay, fall in love with the ten daughters of a major-general. Includes an introduction by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and a concluding section showing behind-the-scenes aspects of the production, interviews with the producer, performers and stage producer, and views of the area in Cornwall surrounding Penzance
Giovanna d'Arco [lyric drama in a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

31 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet contains notes on Verdi's career & the first performance of this opera, a synopsis, the libretto and biographical sketches of the soloists & conductor
L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

40 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance showcases Luciano Pavarotti at his magnificent best. The role of good hearted Nemorino might have been written just for him. Hopelessly in love with wealthy Adina (Kathleen Battle), Nemorino watches, helpless, as flashy Sergeant Belcore (Gino Quilico) seems to win her heart. Enter Dr. Dulcamara (Paul Plishka). He's a quack, but Nemorino believes that the love potion Dulcamara is peddling will help him win Adina's love. It's only a bottle of plain old Bordeaux, but never underestimate the power of true love -- or of Luciano Pavarotti's seductive tenor
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

32 editions published between 1970 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

30 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young Leonie Rysanek triumphs in her second Met broadcast of the almost four dozen she would do during her astonishing career. Here she is Elizabeth of Valois, married to King Philip II of Spain (Jerome Hines), even though she loves his son, Don Carlo (Giulio Gari). Rysanek's heartbreaking performance fully connects with Elizabeth's passion and despair. Beloved baritone Robert Merrill is Don Carlo's friend, Roderigo, killed by the Inquisition. Blanche Thebom is Princess Eboli and future superstar Martina Arroyo is heard in her Met debut role as the Celestial Voice
Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience, or Bunthorne's bride by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet and aesthete Reginald Bunthorne loves village milkmaid Patience who doesn't love poetry or understand love. She finally discovers what it means and decides to marry Reginald's rival
Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito( Recording )

26 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in Italian and English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The elderly scholar Faust is returned to his youth by the satanic Mefistofeles for the pursuit of beauty and knowledge. In the sordid aftermath of two failed love affairs, he reflects on the illusory nature of worldly beauty, and through a mystical union with the divinity, dies redeemed
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

39 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Forza del destino: Opera in quattro atti. Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave e Antonio Ghislanzoni (seconda versione)
Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni( Recording )

49 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This recording contains the complete operas sung in Italian. The book contains the complete text of the librettos with annotations in both English and Italian and a critical historical commentary. The text also includes the background of the composers, biographies of the principal singers and conductors
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

1 edition published in 1985 in Italian and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Huguenots [opera in five acts] by Giacomo Meyerbeer( Recording )

29 editions published between 1970 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After dominating the international opera stage for more than 30 years, Dame Joan Sutherland takes a final bow in her stunning farewell performance of Les Huguenots, Meyerbeer's grand French opera. Now regarded as one of the most memorable nights in Australia's musical history, Sutherland's formidable vocal skill is on full display throughout the demanding score, while conductor Richard Bonynge inspires orchestral brilliance at every turn
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controlled identityAmbrosian Chorus

controlled identityAmbrosian Singers

Ambrosian Choir

Ambrosian Chorus.

Ambrosian Singers.

Coro de la Ópera Ambrosiana

Coro dell'Opera Ambrosiana

Opernyĭ khor "Ambrozian"

Opernyj chor "Ambrozian"

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Russian (19)

German (3)

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ToscaGilbert & Sullivan's Patience, or Bunthorne's bride