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Langridge, Philip 1939-2010

Works: 862 works in 2,352 publications in 9 languages and 27,178 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Drama  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Television programs  Filmed operas  Opera television programs  Filmed performances  Operas 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, per, Other, Interviewee, Commentator, l4, Actor
Classifications: M2000, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Philip Langridge
Messiah by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

68 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the first London performance of March 23rd, 1743
Wozzeck opera in three acts and fifteen scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story encompasses the gruesome detail, horror, passion, and torment that characterized works of the German Expresionist movement. Wozzeck is an impoverished soldier driven insane by his manipulative superiors and his mistress' infidelity. In a jealous rage, he stabs her, then drowns when he tries to wash the blood from his hands
The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN. DAVIS, Colin (conductor). DONATH, Helen (soprano). HARPER, Heather (soprano). JUNE, Ava (soprano). WATSON, Lillian (soprano) GINN, Michael (boy soprano). TEAR, Robert (tenor). LANGRIDGE, Phillip (soprano)
Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg( Recording )

36 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schoenberg's only full-length opera, based on the Biblical story of the exodus, was left incomplete at the time of his death. It is stunningly brought to life here in its Met premiere run, conducted by James Levine, who brings out all of the score's emotional intensity. John Tomlinson is Moses, the man appointed by God to lead his chosen people out of bondage and to worship its one, true, invisible Lord. His brother Aron (Philip Langridge) dazzles the people by working miracles and makes them worship a golden calf--leaving Moses in despair about his mission
Werther [A lyric drama in four acts and five tableaux ; libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet, and Georges Hartmann, after Goethe] by Jules Massenet( )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in French and German and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young poet and his tragic love affair with Charlotte, the eldest daughter of the town Magistrate
King Priam by Michael Tippett( Recording )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, November, 1980
Billy Budd an opera by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatizes the moral dilemma of Captain Vere when, in accordance with Admiralty regulations, he must demand the court martial to sentence to death by hanging the innocent seaman who was provoked to strike and kill the villainous master-at-arms
Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

29 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This ambitious production uses a number of striking visual elements including a massive set that floats above a reflecting pool, huge puppets, and sculptures. The noted Butoh artist, Min Tanaka, dances the role of Oedipus, and is joined by twenty dancers to portray this classical tragedy
The holy sonnets of John Donne Songs and proverbs of William Blake ; Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Harding leads an all-star cast in a stunning recording of Britten's operatic masterpiece
War requiem op. 66 ; Sinfonia da requiem : op. 20 ; Ballad of heroes : op. 14 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orchestral song-cycles by Benjamin Britten( )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tempest by Thomas Adès( Recording )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cutting-edge composer Thomas Ades follows up his successful opera Powder Her Face with an ambitious interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest
Gurre-Lieder by Arnold Schoenberg( Recording )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MCCRACKEN, James (tenor). NORMAN, Jessye (soprano). ARNOLD, David (baritone). SCOWN, Kim (tenor). KLEMPERER, Werner (sprechstimme [speaker]) TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS. BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. OZAWA, Seiji (conductor)
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann's celebrated tale of unrequited love and death is given a new perspective in Benjamin Britten's final opera, first performed just a year and a half before this Met broadcast. The composer's long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, reprises his world-premiere portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach, the elderly and solitary novelist at the center of the story, who tragically falls in love with the beautiful youth Tadzio (played by a dancer). Pears is joined by two other veterans of the opera's world premiere--John Shirley-Quirk, who plays the seven characters that propel Aschenbach to his destiny, and conductor Steuart Bedford
Gloriana by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gloriana: Opera in Three Acts, op.53. Libretto: William Plomer
Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček( Visual )

23 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of passion, betrayal, and the transfiguring power of love. The embittered widow, Kostelnička, drowns her infant grandson to save her beloved stepdaughter Jenůfa from the shame and hardship of raising an illegitimate child
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Settings of poems by W.H. Auden by Della Jones( )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Król Roger Symphony no. 4 : sinfonia concertante by Karol Szymanowski( )

3 editions published in 1999 in Polish and No Linguistic content and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Wozzeck opera in three acts and fifteen scenes
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Langidge, Philip 1939-

Langidge, Philip 1939-2010

Langridge, Ph 1939-2010

Langridge, Philip Gordon.

Langridge, Philip Gordon 1939-

Langridge, Philip Gordon 1939-2010

Philip Langridge britischer Opern- und Oratoriensnger

Philip Langridge British opera singer

Philip Langridge Brits zanger