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Plishka, Paul 1941-

Works: 428 works in 1,230 publications in 7 languages and 15,917 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Televised operas  History  Nonfiction television programs  Filmed operas  Requiems  Television adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Narrator, Other, bas, Commentator, Interviewee, Actor, Conductor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Paul Plishka
Most widely held works by Paul Plishka
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi( )

16 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poor Luisa Miller (Katia Ricciarelli) has given her heart to a man she knows as "Carlo." But he is really Rodolfo (Luciano Pavarotti), the son of Count Walter (Paul Plishka), who is being pressured by the Count to marry another woman. Despite every effort of Lucia's loving father (Leo Nucci), the evil Wurm (John Cheek), eventually triumphs. But it's Verdi's passionate music that wins in the end, brought to life by a cast who knows how to stir our hearts
Le cid by Jules Massenet( Recording )

43 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puccini's opera about a Chinese princess who has her suitors that can't answer 3 riddles executed and how she eventually discovers love with a prince
Requiem ; Operatic choruses by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in 5 languages and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

37 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few sopranos have tackled the extraordinarily difficult role of Elvira in Bellini's last opera at the Met. In this remarkable performance, the great Edita Gruberova sails through the vocal challenges, pulling off her trademark coloratura stunts and caressing Bellini's long, languid phrases with equal ease. She creates a poignant, very human portrait of a young woman who goes insane when she loses the man she loves, only to be restored when he returns. Chris Merritt is Arturo, the object of her affection
La Bohème : highlights by Giacomo Puccini( )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in Italian and German and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( Visual )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first uncut performance of Berlioz's opera at the Met, this production tells the story of the capture of Troy by the Greeks, and of the love of Dido and Aeneas
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( )

15 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 431 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
Turandot : highlights by Giacomo Puccini( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in Italian and German and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( )

27 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballe, Ghiaurov, Krause with Peter Pears London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mehta, conductor
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini( )

33 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 402 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
Stabat Mater ; Overtures by Gioacchino Rossini( )

6 editions published in 1995 in Latin and No Linguistic content and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

39 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With her gripping portrayal of Anne Boleyn, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky launched her season-long quest to sing all three of Donizetti's Tudor queen operas. She conquers the extraordinary musical and dramatic demands the composer makes, starring opposite an equally impressive Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII, Anne's king and husband, whose need for a son leaves him prey to lies spread about Anne by her enemies—with tragic consequences. Stephen Costello is Lord Richard Percy, Anne's former lover, Milijana Nikolic sings Jane Seymour, Anne's lady-in-waiting who has caught the king's eye. Tamara Mumford is Mark Smeaton, the queen's page who is also in love with her. Marco Armiliato conducts
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach( Recording )

1 edition published in 1986 in French and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoffman, drunk in a tavern, is coerced by a group of students to tell them tales and stories of his love life. After telling the stories, he awakes to see Stella, his secret new love in the arms of his rival Counsellor Lindorf
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi( )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in Italian and German and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young Leonie Rysanek triumphs in her second Met broadcast of the almost four dozen she would do during her astonishing career. Here she is Elizabeth of Valois, married to King Philip II of Spain (Jerome Hines), even though she loves his son, Don Carlo (Giulio Gari). Rysanek's heartbreaking performance fully connects with Elizabeth's passion and despair. Beloved baritone Robert Merrill is Don Carlo's friend, Roderigo, killed by the Inquisition. Blanche Thebom is Princess Eboli and future superstar Martina Arroyo is heard in her Met debut role as the Celestial Voice
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in Italian and English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland
La bohème( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Italian and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A four-act opera set in 19th-century Paris about a poor poet and his love for a beautiful girl who dies of tuberculosis
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

42 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norma (Shirley Verrett) is the high priestess of the Druids and daughter of their leader Oroveso (Paul Plishka). But she is also in love with Pollione (Carlo Cossuta), proconsul of their Roman oppressors, and secretly has had two children with him. Matters get even more complicated when another priestess, Adalgisa (Elena Obraztsova), innocently confesses to Norma that she has fallen love with Pollione, who in turns wants to take Adalgisa back to Rome with him. Bellini's exquisite music conveys every nuance of the characters' emotional dilemma, all the way through to the drama's shattering conclusion
Beverly Sills and friends by Beverly Sills( )

2 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christmas with Paul Plishka by Paul Plishka( )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Les Troyens
Lucia di Lammermoor
Alternative Names
Paul Plishka

Paul Plishka Amerikaans zanger

Paul Plishka artiste lyrique

Paul Plishka basso statunitense

Plishka, Paul Peter 1941-

Plishka, Pol.

Plishka, Pol 1941-

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