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Zimmerman, Mary

Overview
Works: 26 works in 65 publications in 4 languages and 3,092 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Excerpts  Live sound recordings  History  Filmed operas  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos  Televised operas 
Roles: Author, Director, Producer, Production personnel, Librettist, Performer, Adapter, Creator
Classifications: M1500.D66, 782.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Mary Zimmerman
 
Most widely held works by Mary Zimmerman
Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is based on David R. Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid - Monologues
The Arabian nights : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling. King Shahryar marries, loves, then kills a young woman each night - until he encounters Scheherezade. For one thousand and one nights, he delays her murder as he eagerly awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity, or sorrow. The final scene brings the audience back to modern-day Baghdad, and distant air-raid sirens warn of the danger threatening the land that produced the encyclopedia of human experience, imagination, and poetry that is The Arabian Nights. Notes on casting and staging, a transcript of a sample improvised scene, and production photographs are included in the volume."--Jacket
The Odyssey : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Odyssey( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odysseus must travel the known and unknown world before he can return home to his beloved island kingdom of Ithaca. What does this ancient story say to readers today? In this program, Odysseus's story is given ancient and modern historical and philosophical context, and illustrated with centuries of art. Featured are theater director Mary Zimmerman, actor-director Tim Blake-Nelson, and psychologist/author Jonathan Shay
Armida by Gioacchino Rossini( Visual )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is a rare opera indeed that calls for one soprano diva and no fewer than six tenors. Mary Zimmerman's fanciful production of Rossini's drama, designed by Richard Hudson and with choreography by Graciela Daniele, provides the perfect setting for superstar Renée Fleming's captivating performance of the title role. A beautiful but evil sorceress in the times of the Crusades, Armida sets out to regain the love of the Frankish knight Rinaldo (Lawrence Brownlee) by putting her magical spells on him. She at first succeeds to draw him into her web of sorcery, but ultimately divine intervention--and his fellow soldiers--free Rinaldo from his enchantment--much to the vengeful fury of Armida and her demons
La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini( Visual )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bellini's romantic opera 'La sonnambula' (1831), hinges on the love and misunderstanding between Elvino and Amina (the 'sleepwalker' of the title). Discovered in the bedroom of Rodolfo, Amina is assumed to have been unfaithful, and Elvino cancels their wedding. But in the dramatic final scene, he witnesses Amina sleepwalking, understands her innocence, and all ends happily. Mary Zimmerman's production plays with the dual realities of a rehearsal of the opera and a performance of the opera itself. In his latest Decca DVD release, bel canto star Juan Diego Flórez assumes the role of Elvino in Bellini's romantic drama, playing opposite the mercurial French soprano, Natalie Dessay, in the MET's striking, modern-dress production, screening live worldwide in March 2009. The MET's 'La Sonnambula' website reads: "Mary Zimmerman, who directed Natalie Dessay in last season's hit new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, underlines La Sonnambula's dual elements of sleep and wakefulness in an intriguing staging set in the present. Bellini's hauntingly lyrical score soars as performed by Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, back from their sensational run together in La Fille du Régiment in leading opera houses around the world."The DVD release will benefit from the addition of the customary MET backstage and interview footage, familiar to devotees of their live worldwide cinema broadcasts. Following Flórez's latest DVD release (Cenerentola, in October 2009), 2010 will also see a second Flórez DVD - Bellini's 'I Puritani', with Nino Machaidze, from Bologna
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Italian and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucia suffers when her brother Enrico schemes to save their family from ruin by manipulating her into a loveless marriage. She falls in love with her brother's enemy and is eventually driven mad
Argonautika : the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The white snake : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world
The secret in the wings : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor. The framing story concerns a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one. The central tale is told without interruption, after which each previous tale is successively resumed, with each looming disaster averted. As in Zimmerman's other productions, here she uses costumes, props, sets, and lighting to brilliant effect, creating images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power."--Publisher's Web site
Journey to the west : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This adaptation of a late sixteenth-century classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West, based on Anthony C. Yu's translation, takes as its point of departure the true story of a seventh-century monk and his fabled pilgrimage from China to India in search of sacred texts
Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass( Recording )

2 editions published in 2013 in Undetermined and English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Italian and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star soprano Anna Netrebko adds Donizetti's hapless heroine to her growing list of Met triumphs in this production by Mary Zimmerman that updates the events to the 19th century. Rising young tenor sensation Piotr Beczala is Edgardo and Mariusz Kwiecien plays Lucia's brother Enrico whose brutal authority forces her to deny her heart and marry for the sake of her family. The famous mad scene brilliantly depicts the cascading fragments of Lucia's disintegrating mind
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic tale of "the bride of Lammermoor" has always been a favorite of opera-goers and sopranos alike. Yet with the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay in the title role, Lucia's plight and descent into madness take on another dimension. Joseph Calleja is an ardent Edgardo, the man she loves but is not allowed to marry. Instead, her brother Enrico (Ludovic Tézier) forces her into a union with the rich Arturo (Matthew Plenk) to save the family fortunes. It proves too much to bear for Lucia--but certainly not for Met audiences, who hailed Dessay's stunning performance of this iconic bel canto role
The actor retires by Bruce Norris( )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playwright and actor Bruce Norris of Steppenwolf Theatre Company fame presents a hilarious comedy in which an actor decides to end his career, burn his head shots and resumés, and become a serious furniture maker."--Leaf A. Theatre Works, Audio Theatre Collection
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Typescript, dated Nov. 5, 1998
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

1 edition published in 2009 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is Maria Callas's only broadcast from the stage of the Met. Hearing "La Divina" in an actual performance is a unique thrill, and Lucia is a huge part of the palpable Callas mystique. Donizetti's bloody tale of the Scottish lass torn from her true love and forced into an arranged marriage, only to go mad and murder her bridegroom on their wedding night, was the perfect vehicle for Callas's wizardry. Her haunting voice simply becomes Lucia's--every facet of emotion so pronounced that we cannot escape her spell
Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in Czech and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Since her 2013 debut as Magda in La Rondine, Kristine Opolais has become familiar to Met audiences in the works of Giacomo Puccini. In 2016, the soprano's performances as the title heroine of Dvořák's Rusalka allowed her to show off another of her signature roles. In a new production by Mary Zimmerman, this classic tale of a water sprite yearning to become a human to find love starts as a whimsical fairytale but quickly develops into a heartbreaking tragedy. On the podium, Sir Mark Elder leads a stirring account of Dvořák's score, drawing a rich palette of musical colors from the Met Orchestra. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich gives a virile performance as the infatuated Prince, alongside bass Eric Owens as Rusalka's father, the Water Gnome, and Jamie Barton as the devilish sorceress Ježibaba
Henry VIII by William Shakespeare( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Typescript, undated
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

2 editions published in 2009 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lucia di Lammermoor: Dramma tragico in due parti. Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano
 
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Metamorphoses : a play
Alternative Names
Mary Zimmerman Amerikaans toneelregisseuse

Mary Zimmerman US-amerikanische Theaterregisseurin, Dramaturgin

Мэри Зиммерман

Languages
English (35)

Italian (21)

German (1)

Czech (1)

Covers
The Arabian nights : a playThe Odyssey : a play