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Grundheber, Franz

Works: 245 works in 729 publications in 5 languages and 7,348 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical settings  Television adaptations  Music  Filmed operas  Operas  Opera television programs  Filmed performances  Live sound recordings  Television operas 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Narrator, Director, Vocalist, Other, per, Contributor, Author
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Franz Grundheber
Wozzeck opera in three acts and fifteen scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

55 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story encompasses the gruesome detail, horror, passion, and torment that characterized works of the German Expresionist movement. Wozzeck is an impoverished soldier driven insane by his manipulative superiors and his mistress' infidelity. In a jealous rage, he stabs her, then drowns when he tries to wash the blood from his hands
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( )

32 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karl Bohm's only studio version of the work was recorded in 1958. When Deutsche Grammophon originally planned to record the work, there were already two rival versions on the market: the Decca recording under Erich Kleiber and EMI's version under Herbert von Karajan. Karajan's recording was made in December 1956 and should have included Irmgard Seefried as Octavian and Rita Streich as Sophie, but in both cases cast changes became necessary: Seefried was replaced by the young Christa Ludwig, and pregnancy forced Rita Streich to withdraw. As a result, Deutsche Grammophon was able to use both these singers for its own recording exactly two years later. It boasts a wonderful cast, with the full-throated Marianne Schech as the Marschallin, Irmgard Seefried bringing a range of colour to the 'trouser' role of Octavian, Rita Streich light and exquisite as Sophie, and a rounded, lyrical portrait of Faninal from Fischer-Dieskau. The recording also reunited Bohm with his 'old' orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra often referred to as the Zauberharfe or Magic Harp for the fluent and airborne quality of its sound
Wozzeck by Alban Berg( Recording )

52 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wozzeck: Oper in drei Akten nach dem Drama Woyzeck von Georg Büchner, op.7
Arabella by Richard Strauss( Recording )

28 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star soprano Renée Fleming gives a radiant performance in the title role of Strauss's opera, a bittersweet comedy set in 1860s Vienna, starring as the beautiful daughter of an impoverished noble family. Hans-Joachim Ketelsen is Mandryka, the wealthy landowner and unlikely suitor who wins Arabella's heart. Barbara Bonney sings Zdenka, Arabella's younger sister, and Raymond Very is Matteo, the officer who thinks he is in love with Arabella but unexpectedly finds his happiness elsewhere. Judith Forst and Eric Halfvarson round out the cast as Count and Countess Waldner, Arabella and Zdenka's parents. Christoph Eschenbach conducts
Symphonische Gesänge, op. 20 Drei Ballettstücke ; Der König Kandaules by Alexander Zemlinsky( )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lyric symphony op. 18 ; Incidental music to Shakespeare's Cymbeline by Alexander Zemlinsky( )

4 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead
Böhmische Hirtenmesse by Jakub Jan Ryba( )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky( )

4 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valery Gergiev conducts a new recording of Stravinsky's iconic neo-classical oratorio Oedipus Rex, complete with Jean Cocteau's original French narration spoken by Gerard Depardieu
Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schoenberg's masterpiece in the twelve-tone system he developed was his unfinished opera, a vastly complex work based on a single tone row that it remained a fragment may be essential to its spiritual message, for while Schoenberg never stated it explicitly, it would seem that he left this most ambitious project of his mature style incomplete on purpose
Moses und Aron opernfragment in zwei akten by Arnold Schoenberg( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in German and Italian and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses und Aron (Moses and Aaron) is a three-act opera by Arnold Schoenberg with a German libretto by the composer after the book of Exodus. Unfinished at the time of the composer's death in 1951, it is--despite its unfinished status--widely regarded as Schoenberg's masterwork. From the sketchy outline of the play (1926) to its final version (1927) and to the inception of Moses und Aron as an oratorio (1928) and then into an opera, it was composed between 1930 and 1932. It is Schoenberg's response in dramatic form to the growing anti-Jewish movements in the German-speaking world after 1848 and his finest attempt at meshing his philosophical ideas with his artistry. It can be approached on many different levels: as an example of his twelve-tone system, as a work of biblical commentary, or as an attempt to work out the problems facing the Jew in the modern world
Elektra opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in German and English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the violent revenge of Elektra, mourning the murder of her father by his wife and her lover
Der Fliegende Holländer The flying Dutchman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flying Dutchman is cursed, both the spectral ship and her Captain condemned, roaming the sea until Judgment Day. Every seven years the Dutchman is cast upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him, he will be released. Senta, unmarried daughter of captain Daland, is engaged to Erik, but she dreams of being the one who will be the Dutchman's salvation, who by her fidelity saves him
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in German and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he makes arrangements for his wedding to the youthful Sophie von Faninal, the crude and condescending Baron Ochs requests that his cousin, the Marschallin, select the person who shall present the customary silver rose to his betrothed. The Marschallin sends her young lover, Octavian, to fulfill the Viennese tradition, and after the famous presentation of the rose to Sophie, the two teenagers fall in love. Determined to discredit the baron and win Sophie, Octavian carries out an elaborate practical joke, all to the beautiful soaring music of Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier highlights by Richard Strauss( )

2 editions published in 1992 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen Der Dämon by Paul Hindemith( Recording )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in German and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen: Oper in einem Akt, op.12. Libretto: Oskar Kokoschka / Der Dämon: Tanzpantomime in zwei Bildern von Max Krell, op.28
Doktor Faust by Ferruccio Busoni( Recording )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in German and Undetermined and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The opera opens with an abattoir, the five maids puling dripping chunks of carcasses into barrows and closes with a more human slaughterhouse as Orestes raises his blood drenched hands to heaven"--Cover
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( Recording )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vienna boy's Choir ; Vienna
Der Freischütz Romantische Oper( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in German and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max the Huntsman struggles against his rival Kaspar to win Agathe in marriage. His desperation leads him to bargain with the Devil in order to best Kaspar for the hand of his beloved
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Franz Grundheber deutscher Opernsänger

Franz Grundheber Duits zanger

Franz Grundheber German operatic baritone

German (244)

English (11)

Latin (2)

Italian (1)

Dutch (1)

Elektra opera in one actElektra