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Gedda, Nicolai

Works: 2,844 works in 7,688 publications in 10 languages and 70,824 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Music  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Masses  Fiction  Requiems  Biography  Satire 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Vocalist, per, Interviewee, l4, Musician, ten, Author of introduction, Narrator, Commentator, Instrumentalist, Composer, Dedicatee, Editor, Actor
Classifications: M2010, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Nicolai Gedda
Faust by Charles Gounod( Recording )

94 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,265 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
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( )

58 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Capriccio by Richard Strauss( Recording )

49 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,110 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
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

52 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in German and Undetermined and held by 1,104 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
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( Recording )

40 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op.70
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss( Recording )

82 editions published between 1955 and 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 1,040 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)
Vanessa by Samuel Barber( Recording )

53 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 968 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
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

44 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 854 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
Candide by Voltaire( Recording )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 854 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
Il Turco in Italia by Gioacchino Rossini( )

70 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il Turco in Italia: Dramma buffo per musica in due atti. Libretto: Felice Romani
Manon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

46 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 793 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
Mass in B minor = Messe in h-Moll = Messe en si mineur by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

42 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 717 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
Cendrillon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

44 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cendrillon: Conte de fées en quatre actes. Livret: Henri Cain
Werther [A lyric drama in four acts and five tableaux ; libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet, and Georges Hartmann, after Goethe] by Jules Massenet( Recording )

45 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young poet and his tragic love affair with Charlotte, the eldest daughter of the town Magistrate
Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

47 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Layton conducts the Choir of Trinity College's performance of Herbert Howell's ode to the transience of life
Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber( Recording )

61 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded June and July 1974, Lukaskirche, Dresden; previouly released; digitally remastered
Der Zigeunerbaron The gipsy baron by Johann Strauss( Recording )

43 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benvenuto Cellini [opéra-comique in two acts and four tableaux] by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

55 editions published between 1962 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benvenuto Cellini: Opéra semi-séria en deux actes, op.23. Livret: Léon de Wailly et Auguste Barbier
La damnation de Faust La mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz( )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

34 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozart's magical fairy tale has enchanted and moved audiences for more than 200 years--which is easy to understand after hearing this broadcast, brilliantly conducted by James Levine. The handsome, stalwart prince Tamino (Francisco Araiza) must fight supernatural forces to rescue the beautiful princess (Kathleen Battle) with whom he has fallen in love--after seeing only her portrait. But Tamino is in a strange land and doesn't know whom he can trust, including Sarastro (Kurt Moll), the leader of a mysterious noble order
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Gädda, Harry Gustaf Nikolaj 1925-

Gedda, N.

Gedda, N. (Nicolai)

Gedda, Nicolai

Gedda, Nicolai, 1925-

Gedda, Nikolaĭ

Gedda, Nikolai 1925-

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



A notable quartet : Janowitz, Ludwig, Gedda, Fischer-Dieskau : discographies