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Gedda, Nicolai

Works: 2,693 works in 8,038 publications in 9 languages and 79,423 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Music  Masses  Fiction  Musical settings  Art music  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Vocalist, Interviewee, Musician, ten, Actor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Composer, Commentator, Instrumentalist, Dedicatee, Editor, per
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nicolai Gedda
Carmen by Georges Bizet( Recording )

193 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 2,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carmen: Opéra comique en quatre actes. Livret: Henri Meilhac et Ludovic Halévy
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( )

59 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Faust by Charles Gounod( Recording )

100 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going back in time and doing it over differently is one of the oldest fantasies in the book. In this opera the elderly philosopher Faust (a suave and stylish Niccolai Gedda in his debut season and role) gets just that chance, and in the twinkling of a devilish eye he is young, handsome, and smitten with the lovely Marguerite (sung by Hilde Güden at her most delectable). Of course the devil always gets his due, and in the end, Méphistophélès, here portrayed by Jerome Hines, wins Faust's immortal. Robert Merrill is Marguerite's unfortunate brother, Valentin, who sings one of the best-known tunes in all of opera
Vanessa by Samuel Barber( Recording )

54 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broadcast, recorded just two weeks after Vanessa's Met world premiere, presents the original cast in spectacular form. Eleanor Steber is marvelous as the title heroine, a beautiful woman awaiting the return of her long-lost lover. But the man who arrives is his son, Anatol (a suave Nicolai Gedda). The handsome youth plays a dangerous emotional game of wooing both Vanessa and her niece Erika (an enchanting Rosalind Elias)--with devastating consequences. Regina Resnik stars as the Old Baroness and Giorgio Tozzi is the kind Doctor. Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos gives an impassioned reading of Barber's superb score
Capriccio by Richard Strauss( )

51 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiri Te Kanawa gives an elegant and touching performance in one of her greatest roles, the wealthy and cultured young Countess Madeleine, who must choose between her two artist suitors: the composer Flamand (David Kuebler) and the poet Olivier (Simon Keenlyside). Jan-Hendrik Rootering is La Roche, the temperamental theater director whose troupe entertains the Countess. Wolfgang Brendel is her brother, the Count, and Kathryn Harries sings the actress Clairon. Andrew Davis conducts
Mass in B minor = Messe in h-Moll = Messe en si mineur by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

42 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conductor Helmuth Rilling has won both fan and critical acclaim for his interpretations of Bach's works. Now the Bach expert is joined by the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart and a cast of talented young soloists for dynamic recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor
Il Turco in Italia by Gioacchino Rossini( )

73 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il Turco in Italia. Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor. Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, bass; Maria Meneghini Callas, soprano; Nicolai Gedda, tenor; Jolanda Gardino, mezzo-soprano; Frano Calabrese, bass; Mariano Stabile, baritone; Piero de Palma, tenor. Libretto included
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

54 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in German and Undetermined and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karl Bohm's only studio version of the work was recorded in 1958. When Deutsche Grammophon originally planned to record the work, there were already two rival versions on the market: the Decca recording under Erich Kleiber and EMI's version under Herbert von Karajan. Karajan's recording was made in December 1956 and should have included Irmgard Seefried as Octavian and Rita Streich as Sophie, but in both cases cast changes became necessary: Seefried was replaced by the young Christa Ludwig, and pregnancy forced Rita Streich to withdraw. As a result, Deutsche Grammophon was able to use both these singers for its own recording exactly two years later. It boasts a wonderful cast, with the full-throated Marianne Schech as the Marschallin, Irmgard Seefried bringing a range of colour to the 'trouser' role of Octavian, Rita Streich light and exquisite as Sophie, and a rounded, lyrical portrait of Faninal from Fischer-Dieskau. The recording also reunited Bohm with his 'old' orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra often referred to as the Zauberharfe or Magic Harp for the fluent and airborne quality of its sound
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss( Recording )

82 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ROTHENBERGER, Anneliese (soprano). FISCHER-DIESKAU, Dietrich (baritone). GEDDA, Nicolai (tenor). HOLM, Renate (soprano). FASSBAENDER, Brigitte (mezzo-soprano). DALLAPOZZA, Adolf (tenor). BERRY, Walter (baritone). SCHENK, Otto (narrator). VIENNA STATE OPERA CHORUS. VIENNA OPERA ORCHESTRA. BOSKOVSKY, Willi (conductor)
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( )

41 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op.70
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

63 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

18. Jahrhundert; Oper
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

47 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 863 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
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach( )

45 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who could resist the tales of Hoffmann when ardent-voiced tenor Nicolai Gedda as the title hero of Offenbach's opera spins them? Combining dark German romanticism with scintillating music, the stories tell of the poet's ill-fated relationships with four women. Gedda is paired with the great singing actor George London as his constant nemesis. Jean Morel conducts this French masterpiece
Candide by Voltaire( Recording )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this witty political satire, a gentleman plagued by misfortune clings to the belief that all is for the best. Voltaire mocks the eternal optimist philosophy of his day that proclaimed human and natural disasters part of a larger cosmic plan
Der Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss( )

44 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werther by Jules Massenet( Recording )

47 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young poet and his tragic love affair with Charlotte, the eldest daughter of the town Magistrate
La traviata : highlights by Giuseppe Verdi( )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prelude -- Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi) -- Un di felice -- È strano!-- Ah, fors' è lui-- Sempre libera -- Lunge da lei-- De' miei bollenti spiriti -- Pura siccome un angelo -- Ah! dite alla giovine -- Di provenza il mar -- Ogni sup aver tal femmina -- Teneste la promessa--' Addio del passato -- Parigi, o cara -- Ah, Violetta!-Voi? Signor
Cendrillon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

46 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cendrillon: Conte de fées en quatre actes. Livret: Henri Cain
Thaïs by Jules Massenet( Recording )

32 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take one ascetic monk named Athanaël and one ravishingly beautiful courtesan named Thaïs, add Massenet's sensual, melodious music, with equal dashes of eroticism and religious fervor--and you have a powerful opera that is at once a celebration of the sacred and the profane, of flesh and soul. This rarity had not been heard at the Met for almost 40 years when it was brought back as a vehicle for the great soprano Beverly Sills and the magnetic singing actor Sherrill Milnes. Together, they masterfully bring to life the searing conflict at the heart of the drama
Die lustige Witwe = [The merry widow] by Franz Lehár( Recording )

75 editions published between 1863 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS. MATACIC, Lovro von (conductor) STEFFEK, Hanny (soprano). SCHWARZKOPF, Elisabeth (soprano). GEDDA, Nicolai (Tenor). KNAPP, Josef (baritone). WAECHTER, Eberhard (baritone)
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Gädda, Harry Gustaf Nikolaj 1925-2017

Gedda, N.

Gedda, N. (Nicolai)

Gedda, Nicolai

Gedda, Nicolai, 1925-

Gedda, Nikolaĭ

Gedda, Nikolai 1925-

Gedda, Nikolai 1925-2017

Gedda, Nikolaj.

Nicolai Gedda artiste lyrique

Nicolai Gedda ruotsalainen laulaja

Nicolai Gedda schwedischer Sänger (Tenor)

Nicolai Gedda švédský operní zpěvák

Nicolai Gedda Swedish singer

Nicolai Gedda tenore svedese

Nicolai Gedda Zweeds zanger

Ustinoff, Nicolai Harry Gustaf

Ustinov, Nicolai Harry Gustav

Гедда, Николай

Микола Гедда

Мікалай Геда

Николай Гедда

ניקולאי גדה



French (346)

German (336)

English (149)

Italian (113)

Russian (40)

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