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Plishka, Paul 1941-

Works: 475 works in 1,341 publications in 8 languages and 16,622 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Live sound recordings  Drama  Excerpts  History  Televised performances  Requiems  Interviews  Television adaptations  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Narrator, Other, bas, Commentator, Interviewee, Actor, b=b, Conductor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Paul Plishka
Most widely held works by Paul Plishka
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in mythical Peking, Princess Turandot declares she will marry any man of royal blood who can solve three riddles she sets him. Failure to solve the riddles will result in execution. Prince Calaf, in spite of many entreaties not to do so, wishes to seek the hand of Turandot. Calaf solves the riddles, but gives Turandot another chance to be rid of him. Ultimately, Turandot discovers that love is the answer she needs
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi( )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 711 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 )

46 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

39 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 586 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
Requiem ; Operatic choruses by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in 5 languages and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Bohème : highlights by Giacomo Puccini( )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in Italian and German and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( Visual )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first uncut performance of Berlioz's masterpiece Les Troyens, performed by the Metropolitan Opera at the opening of its Centennial Season in September 1983. The opera was inspired by Virgil's Aeneid
Boris Godounov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky( Recording )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded July 4-15, 1987, at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C
Gemma di Vergy by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 451 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 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( )

27 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

36 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 412 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 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 397 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
Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

41 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 394 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
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in Italian and English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach( Recording )

1 edition published in 1986 in French and held by 375 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
La bohème( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Italian and held by 365 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
Beverly Sills and friends by Beverly Sills( )

2 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 332 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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