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Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Works: 1,931 works in 5,280 publications in 8 languages and 77,011 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Live sound recordings  Drama  Excerpts  History  Art music  Musical settings  Motion picture music  Librettos  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Other, cor, Musician, Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Conductor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( )

61 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,147 WorldCat member libraries 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
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

42 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story: Act I. The action unfolds on Cyprus, under Venetian rule in the 16th century. The scene is outside the castle, residence of Otello, governor of the island, facing the port. It is night. A furious storm churns the sea, and a crowd of Venetian citizens and soldiers helplessly watch while the ship of the Moor Otello desperately tries to make it into port. Only Iago, one of Otello's men, does not participate in the general apprehension for the safety of his leader: he hates Otello, because Otello has promoted Cassio captain instead of him; he meditates revenge. The crowd is jubilant as Otello finally lands safely and announces that the Turkish fleet has been defeated. When the Moor enters the castle, the fireworks start and all drink to his victory. In the midst of the rejoicing, Iago starts to weave the scheme that will lead to his commander's downfall: he treacherously insinuates to Roderigo, who had revealed to Iago his love for Otello's wife, Desdemona, that Captain Cassio also feels the same affection for the woman. Then Iago gets Cassio drunk, and incites a fight between the two men, but the dangerous duel that starts between them is stopped by Montano. However, the peacemaker is wounded by Cassio. Iago sounds the alarm, swelling the episode out of proportion until the crowd is in tumult. Called back by the shouts and noise, Otello, falsely informed by Iago, punishes Cassio and demotes him. This is a first victory for Iago, who exults
Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

46 editions published between 1968 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Aug. 1988, Jan. and July 1989, London
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( )

64 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera in 2 acts
Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti( )

30 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in Italian and English and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a wealthy old bachelor decides to take a pretty young wife, he is--this being opera--in for trouble. Especially when that wife is the enchanting Reri Grist. Fernando Corena sings the matrimonially inclined title hero, whose plan to disinherit his nephew--the suave, mesmerizing Alfredo Kraus--backfires with more than a little help from Tom Krause's Dr. Malatesta
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

61 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi( )

54 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,126 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
Giovanna d'Arco by Giuseppe Verdi( )

51 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet contains notes on Verdi's career & the first performance of this opera, a synopsis, the libretto and biographical sketches of the soloists & conductor
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( )

32 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded by the Marlowe Society and professional players... under the auspices of The British Council
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Recording )

52 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of Katerina Ismailova, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The action takes place in Mtsensk immediately before the Russian Revolution of 1917. In the tradition of "Anna Karenina" and "Madame Bovary" Katerina's fatalistic pusuit of passion has disasterous results
Il Turco in Italia by Gioacchino Rossini( )

36 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il Turco in Italia: Dramma buffo per musica in due atti. Libretto: Felice Romani
La navarraise by Jules Massenet( )

29 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

37 editions published between 1972 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innehåller cd-rom-spår med libretto (italienska/engelska/tyska/franska)
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

44 editions published between 1971 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 950 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
Guglielmo Tell by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

54 editions published between 1950 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semiramide by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

63 editions published between 1966 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semiramide: Melodramma tragico in due atti. Libretto: Gaetano Rossi
L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

35 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance showcases Luciano Pavarotti at his magnificent best. The role of good hearted Nemorino might have been written just for him. Hopelessly in love with wealthy Adina (Kathleen Battle), Nemorino watches, helpless, as flashy Sergeant Belcore (Gino Quilico) seems to win her heart. Enter Dr. Dulcamara (Paul Plishka). He's a quack, but Nemorino believes that the love potion Dulcamara is peddling will help him win Adina's love. It's only a bottle of plain old Bordeaux, but never underestimate the power of true love -- or of Luciano Pavarotti's seductive tenor
Manon by Jules Massenet( Recording )

37 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who can resist the charms of Manon or remain unmoved by her fate? Ruth Ann Swenson takes on Massenet's title heroine, the equally beautiful and high-spirited young girl who turns her back on life in a convent when she meets the handsome des Grieux (Giuseppe Sabbatini)--only to be seduced by the promise of a luxurious existence as the mistress of the rich old Brétigny (Kim Josephson). When she learns that des Grieux, desperate she has left him, is about to take holy orders, she changes her mind--but it is too late, and their love story ends in tragedy
I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

43 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 821 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
Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer( Recording )

23 editions published between 1970 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After dominating the international opera stage for more than 30 years, Dame Joan Sutherland takes a final bow in her stunning farewell performance of Les Huguenots, Meyerbeer's grand French opera. Now regarded as one of the most memorable nights in Australia's musical history, Sutherland's formidable vocal skill is on full display throughout the demanding score, while conductor Richard Bonynge inspires orchestral brilliance at every turn
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