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Vickers, Jon

Works: 738 works in 2,434 publications in 8 languages and 23,700 library holdings
Genres: Music  Live sound recordings  Operas  Drama  Musical settings  Oratorios  Biography  Songs  Requiems  Symphonies 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Writer of accompanying material, Other, Actor, Interviewee, Narrator, Creator
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Jon Vickers
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

177 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For two centuries Fidelio's story of the power of love to fight tyranny and political oppression has inspired freedom fighters around the world. Beethoven's music uniquely captures the essence of the indomitable human spirit at its most noble. This cathartic performance, brilliantly led by Karl Böhm, brings together two legendary artists in their glorious prime: Jon Vickers as the unjustly imprisoned Florestan who is rescued by his faithful wife, Leonore, the great Birgit Nilsson in her very first performance of the role at the Met. Hermann Uhde is the malevolent Don Pizarro
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

117 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,239 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
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

104 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's powerful and wrenching tale of ill-fated love requires a cast of great singing actors, and that's just what this broadcast provides. Jon Vickers and Régine Crespin are the brother and sister who fall rapturously in love, only to be torn apart by death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title who is punished by her father (the magnificent Theo Adam as Wotan) for doing what he really wants her to do. Herbert von Karajan conducts his final Met performance
Fidelio : (highlights) by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

14 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in German and English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quartet:Mir is so wunderbar;Ha!Ha!Ha! welch' ein Augenblick;Abscheulicher!;O welche Lust in freier Luft;Gott! welch' Dunkel hier!;Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben;Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten;Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen;O namen - namenlose Freude!;Des besten Konigs Wink und Wille Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Birgit Nilsson, soprano JamesMcCracken, tenor Lorin Maazel, conductor
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

75 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this eagerly-awaited complete opera recording from superstar Andrea Bocelli, the tenor assembles a fine cast to explore Verdi's most spectacular work: the award-winning American soprano Kristin Lewis takes the role of Aida, the brilliant Italian mezzo Veronica Simeoni as Amneri. Giorgio Giuseppini takes the role of Il Re (the Egyptian King), the powerful Ambrogio Maestri ("Italy's answer to Bryn Terfel") as Amonasro and Carlo Colombara, renowned Verdi bass, as Ramfis
Carmen by Georges Bizet( )

51 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accompanying book contains the complete text of the libretto in both English and French with annotations, and a critical historical commentary by David Foil with additional commentary by William Berger. The text also includes the background of the composer, biographies of the principal singers and conductor
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

61 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broadcast captures legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson at the height of her artistry in what was arguably her greatest role--Wagner's Isolde. She is joined by Jess Thomas, who gives a heroic performance as Tristan. The stellar cast also includes Giorgio Tozzi as King Marke, the man Isolde is forced to marry, Irene Dalis as Brangäne, Isolde's confidante, and William Dooley as Kurwenal, Tristan's faithful friend. The great Erich Leinsdorf conducts
Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

61 editions published between 1969 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performances of Berlioz's epic masterpiece are rare events--under James Levine's inspired leadership, the stellar cast and the Met's chorus and orchestra triumphantly meet the enormous challenge. Ben Heppner is the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas who escapes the doomed city of Troy and falls in love with the beautiful Queen of Carthage, Dido, sung by the radiant Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in her final appearance at the Met. Deborah Voigt is breathtaking as Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who sees the looming calamity but is ignored
The Messiah by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

39 editions published between 1957 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

VYVYAN, Jennifer (soprano). SINCLAIR, Monica (contralto). VICKERS, Jon (tenor). TOZZI, Giorgio (bass). ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CHORUS. ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. BEECHAM, Thomas (conductor)
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

34 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small village in England, Peter Grimes is unable to become a part of the community. Because his apprentice drowned at sea, he has incurred the wrath and distrust of the townspeople
Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns( Recording )

40 editions published between 1963 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his final Met performance, the great Jon Vickers as Samson leads a superb cast in Saint-Saëns’s romantic retelling of this biblical story. He stars opposite Marilyn Horne, who delivers a captivating portrayal of the temptress Delilah. Louis Quilico is the High Priest of Dagon, Terry Cook is the Philistine leader Abimélech, and John Macurdy sings the Old Hebrew. French maestro Jean Fournet conducts
Parsifal : [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( )

23 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hearing either Jon Vickers or Christa Ludwig, two of the most riveting singing actors of their time, in Parsifal would be cause for celebration. This recording presents both of these great artists in their only joint broadcast of Wagner's mystical opera, with James Levine bringing his own special magic to the occasion, making it indeed a Parsifal for the ages. Martti Talvela is an authoritative, compassionate Gurnemanz and Bernd Weikl a memorable Amfortas
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

48 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great Jon Vickers sings one of his most acclaimed roles, the tortured fisherman of the title, in Britten's powerful drama. Hounded by the small-minded local townspeople, with only Ellen Orford (Lucine Amara) and Captain Balstrode (Geraint Evans) on his sie, Peter's slow descent into madness is as searing as it is inevitable. Colin Davis conducts, with Lili Chookasian as Auntie and Jean Madeira as Mrs. Sedley
Jon Vickers in recital by Jon Vickers( )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aida : (highlights) by Giuseppe Verdi( )

8 editions published between 1962 and 2008 in Italian and German and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features highlights from Riccardo Muti's interpretation of Verdi's Aida, whose cast includes Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo
Symphony no. 9 : "choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A five-part exploration of Ludwig von Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, examining the music itself along with the historical and personal setting in which it was created"--Guide p. 2
Medea by Luigi Cherubini( Recording )

49 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listen to the June 30, 1959 recorded performance of Medea at the Royal Opera House, which received raved reviews on opening day. Other versions of the Covent Garden Medea exist but ICA Classics have very carefully re-mastered some new tapes that have produced excellent sound for their period
Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Layton conducts the Choir of Trinity College's performance of Herbert Howell's ode to the transience of life
Vickers : songs by Glick, Somers, Coulthard, Ridout, Beckwith, Naylor, Morawetz by Jon Vickers( )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( )

31 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in 4 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Lied von der Erde: Sinfonie für Alt, Tenor und Orchester. Text: Hans Bethge. Bearbeitung für Kammerorchester von Arnold Schönberg und Rainer Riehn
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