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Van Allan, Richard

Works: 330 works in 1,138 publications in 6 languages and 15,572 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Film adaptations  Televised operas  Filmed operas  Action and adventure films  Naval history  History 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Instrumentalist, Actor, rpf, Other, Musician, Narrator, Author
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Van Allan
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

43 editions published between 1973 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performed at the 2006 Innsbruck Festival, Rene Jacobs leads a riveting production that is illustrated by the notion of Don Giovanni as a young rebel and taboo-breaker. Jacobs also tries to respect Mozart's original intentions as closely as possible
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

47 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 688 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
La damnation de Faust : op. 24 by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

18 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GEDDA, Nicolai (tenor). BASTIN, Jules (bass). VEASEY, Josephine (mezzo-soprano). ALLAN, Richard van (bass). KNIGHT, Gilliam (mezzo-soprano). LONDONS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS. AMBROSIAN SINGERS. WANDSWORTH SCHOOL BOY'S CHOIR. LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. DAVIS, Colin (conductor)
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 555 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
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( )

27 editions published between 1972 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 554 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
Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

26 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Béatrice et Bénédict: Opéra comique en deux actes imité de Shakespeare
Late Italian operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in Italian and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Così fan tutte : K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

21 editions published between 1974 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The fairy queen by Henry Purcell( Visual )

31 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The tale is a joyful fusion of music, dance and comedy which brings alive the splendour of the Baroque for a modern audience."--Container
Eugene Onegin by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When young, innocent Tatiana (Karita Mattila) meets the handsome Eugene Onegin (Thomas Hampson), she falls in love almost immediately. In one of Russian opera's most memorable solo scenes, she pours out her heart in a passionate letter to Onegin--only to be coldly rejected. When the two meet again several years later, Tatiana has become the elegant wife of wealthy Prince Gremin (James Morris), and it is Onegin's turn to beg for her love. Piotr Beczala is Onegin's unlucky friend, Lenski
Don Giovanni : KV 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

25 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded May 1973, Watford Town Hall, London
The mikado by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The irrepressible Eric Idle (Monty Python's Flying Circus) teams up with the English National Opera in this hilarious performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's beloved comic opera, THE MIKADO. This rollicking version of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular tale relocates the action from ancient Japan to a 1920s English seaside resort. Here the rule of the Mikado is absolute--and often prone to whimsy. Ko-Ko (Eric Idle) is sentenced to death for the crime of flirting, but in a strange turn of events is instead named "Lord High Executioner." A delightful farce ensues as Ko-Ko can't behead anyone without first cutting off his own head. But by the second act, the Mikado demands an execution and Ko-Ko must delicately sing and dance his way around a messy situation involving the Mikado's son and his secret love Yum Yum
The Mikado by Arthur Sullivan( Recording )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ohio Opera's 2008 Festival performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic opera includes all the music as well the complete dialogue
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a psychiatric hospital south of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds a work to do."
I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi( )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi's gripping tale of Sicilians rising against the occupying French stars Renata Scotto in her only broadcast of this rarely heard masterpiece. From the beginning of the opera, when Elena (Scotto) sings an "innocent" song fanning the people's resentment against the foreign army, to the end, when the ringing of her wedding bells signals the start of the revolt, Scotto's artistry blazes. James Levine leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus in a wonderfully idiomatic performance, and Ruggero Raimondi is magnificent as Procida, the outlawed Sicilian leader
Gloriana by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The opera traces the downfall of the Earl of Essex who, presuming upon his privilege as the Queen's favourite, forces a tragedy upon them both. Elizabeth I never forgot that she was the Queen and that, as a woman, she had to show that she could rule with no less authority than a man; so she felt compelled to sentence Essex to death when he failed her and engangered her country."--back cover
Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iolanthe used to be the life and soul of Fairyland but was banished 25 years ago for marrying a mortal. Now, pardoned by the Fairy Queen she returns as a beautiful teenager, but with a 24-year-old son, Strephon, who is half fairy, half mortal. He is in love with Phyllis, a ward of the rather susceptible Lord Chancellor. For a while, these complications wreck havoc with the proceedings of the House of Lords, giving Gilbert a chance to poke fun at that august institution
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in Italian and French and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This famous performance of Verdi's romantic tragedy captures one of the most sensational debuts in operatic history. Singing Violetta for the first time was the young Romanian soprano, Angela Gheorghiu, whose remarkable interpretation reached the front pages of the world's press and led the BBC immediately to film the production"--Container
I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( )

15 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When this production opened, it had been more than half a century since Met audiences had last heard Bellini's gem of an opera. It was well worth the wait. "The best cast in the world," was how one critic described the legendary performers the Met brought together. The pair sent audiences into a frenzy with their sumptuous, dazzling singing. Joan Sutherland, dubbed "La Stupenda" by her fans and the press, is the hapless heroine Elvira who loses her heart--and her sanity--over Luciano Pavarotti, the Cavalier hero torn between love and duty
Flight by Jonathan Dove( )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Allan, Richard Van.

Allan, Richard van 1935-...

Allan Richard van 1935-2008

Jones, Alan Philip

Jones, Alan Philip, 1935-

Jones, Alan Philip 1935-2008

Jones, Allan Philip.

Richard van Allan

Richard Van Allan basso inglese

Richard Van Allan britischer Opernsänger

Richard Van Allan Brits zanger (1935-2008)

Richard Van Allan chanteur baryton-basse britannique

Richard Van Allan versatile British operatic bass singer

Van Allan, Richard 1935-

VanAllan, Richard 1935-2008

Ричард Ван Аллан


Italian (148)

English (119)

French (38)

German (16)

Chinese (1)

Russian (1)