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Van Allan, Richard

Works: 296 works in 1,021 publications in 5 languages and 13,613 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Live sound recordings  Televised operas  Film adaptations  History  Music videos  Nonfiction television programs  Romance television programs  Musicals 
Roles: Performer, Singer, 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 )

45 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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La damnation de Faust : op. 24 by Hector Berlioz( Recording )

16 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 546 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)
Così fan tutte : K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

21 editions published between 1974 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

42 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 441 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
The mikado by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 410 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 fairy queen by Henry Purcell( Visual )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 408 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
The Mikado by Arthur Sullivan( Recording )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 395 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
Don Giovanni : K. 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

15 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded May 1973, Watford Town Hall, London
Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri by Arthur Sullivan( Visual )

5 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 359 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
I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi( )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 355 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
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
Gloriana by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera depicting the tragic relationship between the aging Queen Elizabeth and the brilliant young Earl of Essex
I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in Italian and German and held by 329 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
Eugene Onegin by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 321 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
Flight by Jonathan Dove( )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two sisters whose fiancés have gone off to war (or so they pretend), a clever maid, a cynical old philosopher, and those same two fiancés in disguise--six characters is all it takes for Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, to explore both the fun and the heartbreak that love can lead to in this equally lighthearted and deeply human comedy. James Levine masterfully leads a stellar cast that includes Carol Vaness and Tatiana Troyanos as the sisters, Jerry Hadley and Thomas Hampson as their fiancés, Betsy Norden as Despina, and Richard Van Allen as Don Alfonso
The pirates of Penzance by Arthur Sullivan( Recording )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music by Arthur Sullivan. Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert. Pro Arte Orchestra; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini( )

7 editions published between 1972 and 2005 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puccini's opera about a pair of doomed lovers
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( )

26 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 298 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
The rake's progress : a fable by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 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."
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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 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 (152)

English (85)

German (19)

French (12)

Chinese (1)