WorldCat Identities

Verrett, Shirley

Works: 516 works in 1,654 publications in 7 languages and 15,060 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Live sound recordings  Operas  Concert films  Filmed musicals  Nonfiction films  History  Musical settings  Excerpts  Filmed operas 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Narrator, Author, Interviewee, Instrumentalist, Commentator, per, Vocalist, Other, Actor, l4, Musician
Classifications: M1500.V47, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Shirley Verrett
Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

42 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Victor Hugo's most sensational play, 'Lucrece Borgia', a scandalous tale of murder, torture, incest, homosexuality, drunkenness and orgies, Donizetti's opera is one of the great masterpieces of Italian 'bel canto' repertoire. While omitting some of its more excessive elements, the libretto by Felice Romani inspired Donizetti to compose superb arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, bringing each act to a stirring conclusion. Brimming with high drama and pathos, this production stars Greek diva Dimitra Theodossiou in the infamous title role, praised for her stupendous acting and singing as England's Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux'
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

103 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macbeth and Banquo encounter three prophesying witches on their journey home from battle. Macbeth's ambitions are kindled by the witches' prediction that he will someday be king. In an effort to hasten the prophecy, he and Lady Macbeth plot the murders of those in the way. Under the strain of the heinous crimes, Lady Macbeth dies and Macbeth edges toward insanity. In the tragic climax, Macbeth is killed in a duel and Malcolm becomes king
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

40 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PRYCE, Leontyne (soprano). BERGONZI, Carlo (tenor). MERRILL, Robert (baritone). VERRETT, Shirley (mezzo-soprano). GRIST, Reri (soprano). FLAGELLO, Ezio (bass). MAZZOLI, Ferruccio (bass). PALMA, Piero de (tenor). LACOPUCCI, Fernando (tenor). BARIO, Mario II (baritone). RCA ITALIAN OPERA CHORUS. RENATA CORTIGLIONI CHILDREN'S CHORUS. RCA ITALIAN OPERA ORCHESTRA. LEINSDORF, Erich (conductor)
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

54 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Verdi's most intriguing masterpieces, this March 1964 performance of Verdi's Don Carlo captures the opera's unique and tragic grandeur
Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns( Visual )

51 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatization of Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in which Samson an Israelite judge of extraordinary strength, was betrayed to the Philistines by Delilah who cut his hair as he slept and thus deprived him of his strength
Broadway's lost treasures II( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1971 and 1992
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

37 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 485 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
Don Carlo : highlights by Giuseppe Verdi( )

13 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

39 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Bolena: Tragedia lirica in due atti. Libretto: Felice Romani
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel 1994 Broadway cast recording by Richard Rodgers( Recording )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred Drake, Roberta Peters
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

27 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Carlos: Grand opéra en cinq actes. Livret: Joseph Méry et Camille du Locle
Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck( Recording )

25 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odeon: 80756
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

22 editions published between 1965 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zinka Milanov, soprano ; Giuseppe di Stefano, tenor ; Leonard Warren, Bariton
The essential Montserrat Caballé by Montserrat Caballé( )

5 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 264 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 siege of Corinth = [L'assedio di Corinto] by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

9 editions published between 1975 and 1992 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A few weeks before this performance, Beverly Sills made her Met debut in this all-but-unknown Rossini opera. As one critic explained, "The arias are vocal extravaganzas that would terrorize all but a few singers today." But as Pamira, the young Greek woman who loves the Turkish leader, Maometto (Justino Díaz), who conquers Corinth with tragic consequences, Sills herself was really the conquering hero. "Perfectly phrased abandon," was one description of her singing, and the audience simply went berserk. Shirley Verrett co-stars in the pants role of Neocle, the young Greek captain who has been promised Pamira in marriage
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

29 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 257 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
El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla( Recording )

20 editions published between 1960 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Singin' in the storm by Shirley Verrett( )

5 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shirley Verrett : a film biography of the black diva by Shirley Verrett( Visual )

2 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biographical documentary on the life of the opera singer Shirley Verrett. Performance excerpts include Verrett singing opera excerpts, spirituals, and popular songs. Includes interview and performance footage of Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, Piero Faggioni, Ruggero Raimondi, and Jon Vickers
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Broadway's lost treasures II
Alternative Names
Carter, Shirley.

Carter, Shirley 1931-2010

Carter, Shirley Verrett-.

Carter Shirley Verrett- 1931-2010

Carter-Verrett, Shirley 1931-2010

Shirley Carter

Shirley Verret

Shirley Verrett Amerikaans zanger

Shirley Verrett Amerikaans zangeres

Shirley Verrett amerikansk sångare

Shirley Verrett amerikansk sanger

Shirley Verrett amerikansk songar

Shirley Verrett amerykańska śpiewaczka operowa (sopran, mezzosopran)

Shirley Verrett artiste lyrique

Shirley Verrett mezzosoprano e soprano statunitense

Shirley Verrett US-amerikanische Opernsängerin

Verrett-Carter, Shirley.

Verrett-Carter Shirley 1931-2010

Verrettová, Shirley.

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