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Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Works: 1,379 works in 4,726 publications in 8 languages and 68,264 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  History  Musical settings  Art music  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Filmed operas  Motion picture music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Musician, Other, Instrumentalist, Conductor, Vocalist
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

77 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,834 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( )

62 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,538 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( )

39 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book (125 p. :
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

103 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,336 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
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

96 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innehåller cd-rom-spår med libretto (italienska/engelska/tyska/franska)
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( )

58 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera in 3 acts
Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

36 editions published between 1968 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Aug. 1988, Jan. and July 1989, London
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

57 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This recording contains the complete opera sung in Italian. The book contains the complete text of the libretto with annotations in both English and Italian and a critical historical commentary. The text also includes the background of the composer, biographies of the principal singers and conductor
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

55 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

29 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,070 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
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( )

60 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,054 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
Giovanna d'Arco by Giuseppe Verdi( )

54 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,047 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
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( )

70 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pollione, a Roman Proconsul, has two children by Norma, a Druid priestess, in the course of a long relationship. Norma isn't as young and beautiful as once she was. A temple virgin, Adalgisa, is young and beautiful. Pollione must have her. He has importuned the young virgin to run away with him to Rome, and she has finally agreed. When Norma learns of Pollione's faithlessness, she threatens to kill the two children. Before she can do this, the Druid temple priests apprehend Pollione as he attempts to abscond with their sacred virgin, Adalgisa. The priests build a pyre to burn Pollione to death. Norma relents. Instead of killing the children, she blames herself for her misery and climbs onto the pyre to die with Pollione
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( )

63 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi painted an immense canvas with this dark but tuneful opera. The legendary Leontyne Price is seen in one of her greatest roles, Leonora. Price's soaring voice encompasses every nuance of Leonora's emotion as she moves from joy through resignation to ultimate heartbreak. James Levine's brilliant leading of the Met orchestra and chorus is a lesson in Verdi style. Giuseppe Giacomini is Alvaro, the man Leonora loves, and Leo Nucci is Don Carlo, the dark instrument of their Fate
L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti( )

31 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 814 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
I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

60 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El cuarteto solista es de lo mejor que se puede reunir hoy en día, dicho esto con ciertas reservas. Angela Gheorghiu cada vez canta mejor, con una mayor amplitud en su instrumento y un fraseo envolvente. Daniela Barcellona es una cantante muy dotada, con facilidad para la coloratura, de potencia y calidez en su canto. Alagna, por su parte, muy musical, con una bella media voz, apianando con clase y unos agudos bien realizados aunque se le note algo justo. Julian Konstantinov a pesar de cantar con autoridad y revelar un instrumento capaz, es el más flojo del cuarteto. Los coros suenan bien conjuntados tanto en los pasajes piano, con una perfecta y clara dicción, como en los momentos en los que hay que cantar como si se estuviera ante el mismísimo abismo. Abbado hace una lectura preciosa y precisa: al mismo tiempo dramática e introspectiva con momentos de gran refinamiento orquestal. En todo momento, se percibe la intensidad y el dramatismo de una interpretación en vivo
Semiramide by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

53 editions published between 1966 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La navarraise by Jules Massenet( Recording )

44 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nabucco : highlights by Giuseppe Verdi( )

11 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer( Recording )

35 editions published between 1970 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 768 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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