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Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Works: 1,411 works in 4,279 publications in 8 languages and 51,568 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Televised operas  Live sound recordings  Television adaptations  Musical films  Musical settings  Film adaptations  Swashbuckler films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Musician, Instrumentalist, Other, Conductor, Vocalist
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

71 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,558 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
Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

54 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,122 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
Giovanna d'Arco [lyric drama in a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi( )

48 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 958 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
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

97 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 935 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
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

26 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 838 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 )

49 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

37 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

30 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who can resist the charms of Manon or remain unmoved by her fate? Ruth Ann Swenson takes on Massenet's title heroine, the equally beautiful and high-spirited young girl who turns her back on life in a convent when she meets the handsome des Grieux (Giuseppe Sabbatini)--only to be seduced by the promise of a luxurious existence as the mistress of the rich old Brétigny (Kim Josephson). When she learns that des Grieux, desperate she has left him, is about to take holy orders, she changes her mind--but it is too late, and their love story ends in tragedy
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

48 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
Cendrillon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

37 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cendrillon: Conte de fées en quatre actes. Livret: Henri Cain
The pirates of Penzance by W. S Gilbert( Visual )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pirate apprentice Frederic becomes a pirate because of his sense of duty and he plans to go to the police and have his teachers arrested
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

54 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macbeth and Banquo encounter three prophesying witches on their journey home from battle. Macbeth's ambitions are kindled by the witches' prediction that he will someday be king. In an effort to hasten the prophecy, he and Lady Macbeth plot the murders of those in the way. Under the strain of the heinous crimes, Lady Macbeth dies and Macbeth edges toward insanity. In the tragic climax, Macbeth is killed in a duel and Malcolm becomes king
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi( )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in Italian and English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito( Recording )

38 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 616 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
L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

29 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Schippers leads a superlative cast in one of Donizetti's most beloved comic operas. This two disc set was taken from a live performance on March 5, 1966 and features Carlo Bergonzi as Nemorino and Roberta Peters as Adina
Semiramide by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

44 editions published between 1966 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise by Gustave Charpentier( Recording )

27 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise: Roman musical en quatre actes
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