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Plowright, Rosalind

Works: 189 works in 588 publications in 5 languages and 6,344 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Live sound recordings  Music  Televised operas  Filmed operas  Children's films  Juvenile works  Film adaptations  History 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Vocalist, Interviewee, Author, Other, Actor, Musician
Classifications: M1500.V47, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rosalind Plowright
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach( )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Monteux, a master of French repertoire, conducts in this 1955 performance of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman. This Metropolitan Opera production features an all-star cast that includes Rise Stevens, Richard Tucker, Roberta Peters, and Lucine Amara
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( )

65 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( Recording )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op.70
Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the only food in the house--a jug of milk--gets spilled by accident, the children are sent into the forest by their angry mother to gather strawberries for supper--with almost fatal consequences. Humperdinck's adaptation of the Brothers Grimm's beloved fairy tale stars Angelika Kirchschlager and Miah Persson as the siblings of the title. Having lost their way in the woods, they encounter a strange old lady who lives in a house filled with sweets--played by the late Philip Langridge in his final operatic appearance. Fabio Luisi conducts
Mary Stuart by Gaetano Donizetti( )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth I is threatened by the survival of her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart. Wrestling with her own conscience - and Mary's popularity - the Queen agonizes over the fate of her cousin amid fears for her own survival
Il trittico : three one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

27 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il tabarro: Suspecting his wife of unfaithfulness, Michele tries to win her back by reminding her of how she used to shelter under his cloak. Suor Angelica: Sister Angelica has taken the veil in expiation of a love affair that has produced a child. Gianni Schicchi: Relatives of the recently-dead Buoso Donati try to alter his will in their own favor
Not the Messiah : he's a very naughty boy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Monty Python troupe reunites onstage for a one-night-only performance of a musical adaptation of their film Life of Brian which tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( )

45 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 310 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
La vestale by Gaspare Spontini( )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Vestale: Tragédie-lyrique en trois actes. Livret: Etienne de Jouy
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( )

7 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and held by 284 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
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved
Janet Baker sings scenes from Mary Stuart by Gaetano Donizetti( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

23 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plot revolves around its two female characters. Acuzena is the daughter of a gypsy who, fifteen years before, was burned as a witch for cursing the young son of a nobleman. In revenge, Acuzena abducted the son to throw into the embers of the same fire, but, in her distress, threw in her own son. She has brought up the other child as her own. Leonora (Sutherland) is a lady-in-waiting at court who is loved by two men, the Count di Luna, who is the older son of the nobleman who had Acuzena's mother burned, and Manrico, the troubadour, and leader of the rebel forces engaged in civil war against the count. Tragedy results when the four come together
Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( Visual )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is a fairy tale of Germanic origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm. The story follows a young brother and sister who discover a house of candy and cake in the forest and a child-devouring witch
Mary Stuart by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donizetti's operatic portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots is performed by the English National Opera. Dame Janet Baker assumes the title role and portrays a wide range of emotions in the scenes detailing the events which lead to the execution of the legendary Queen. This role marked Baker's farewell to the London operatic stage
6 frühe Lieder = Early songs ; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen = Songs of a wayfarer ; Symphonie no. 2 : Auferstehungs-Symphonie = Resurrection by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

7 editions published in 1986 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogues des Carmélites : opéra en trois actes et 12 tableaux by Francis Poulenc( Visual )

8 editions published in 2014 in French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riccardo Muti leads the the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala in this production of Poulenc's opera recorded live in 2004. German soprano Dagmar Schellenberger, in her debut at La Scala, takes the role of the young aristocrat Blanche, who seeks salvation in a convent while the French Revolution rages around her. Other performers include Anja Silja, Laura Aikin, and Barbara Dever
La mort de Cléopâtre ; Herminie ; Béatrice et Bénédict ; Le roi Lear by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

4 editions published in 1994 in 3 languages and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elijah : op. 70 : (oratorio in 2 parts) by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrea Chénier : opera in four acts by Umberto Giordano( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in Italian and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Umberto Giordano's masterpiece is set against the background of the horrors of the French Revolution and tells the tragic tale of a doomed love affair involving the historical figure of the poet André Chénier, who initially champions the Revolution but later turns against its leaders, before ending up on the scaffold
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Alternative Names
Plowright, Rosalind Anne 1949-

Rosalind Plowright Brits zangeres

Rosalind Plowright chanteuse britannique d'opéra

Rosalind Plowright English opera singer


Italian (120)

English (92)

French (34)

German (18)

Spanish (1)