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Gedda, Nicolai

Works: 3,133 works in 6,582 publications in 9 languages and 54,935 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Operas  Interviews  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Performer, Vocalist, Singer, Other, Interviewee, Narrator, Author of introduction, Commentator, Composer, Editor, Instrumentalist, Dedicatee
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Nicolai Gedda
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss ( Recording )
29 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in German and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Schwarzkopf samlingen
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss ( Recording )
53 editions published between 1955 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Musical excerpts drawn from Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus (EMI Classics 5 73851 2) with descriptive narration by Robert Lyall, to promote the upcoming production of the opera on April 29 & 30, 2005 by Opera Grand Rapids in De Vos Hall
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini ( Recording )
45 editions published between 1955 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Candide by Leonard Bernstein ( Recording )
24 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Candide: Musical Comedy in Two Acts. Book: Lillian Hellman and Richard Wilbur
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich ( Recording )
32 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 784 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
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Recording )
40 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
18. Jahrhundert; Oper
Manon by Jules Massenet ( Recording )
35 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For Manon I could have given up my hopes of heaven itself," declares her lover des Grieux--after utterly ruining himself for her and following her into a destitute exile in an alien country. In Massenet's adaptation of Abbé Prévost's novel, Anna Moffo is a perfect Manon--beautiful, enticing, and offering the promise of pleasure that makes everything else fade into insignificance. The great Nicolai Gedda sings her enthralled lover. Thomas Schippers conducts the glittering, sumptuous score that brings to life the story from its heady beginning to its heart-wrenching end
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
37 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 578 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
Carmen by Georges Bizet ( Recording )
89 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This production was recorded in the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli in 1960 and is sung in Italian. This CD set also includes excerpts from two other productions; one with Giuletta Simionato as Carmen, recorded in Palermo in 1959 (sung in Italian) and one with Simionato as Carmen and Di Stefano as Don José recorded in La Scala Milan in 1955 and conducted by Karajan
Capriccio by Richard Strauss ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in German and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kiri Te Kanawa gives an elegant and touching performance in one of her greatest roles, the wealthy and cultured young Countess Madeleine, who must choose between her two artist suitors: the composer Flamand (David Kuebler) and the poet Olivier (Simon Keenlyside). Jan-Hendrik Rootering is La Roche, the temperamental theater director whose troupe entertains the Countess. Wolfgang Brendel is her brother, the Count, and Kathryn Harries sings the actress Clairon. Andrew Davis conducts
Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár ( Recording )
33 editions published between 1953 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die lustige Witwe: Operette in drei Akten. Libretto: Léon u.Stein n. H.Meilhac / Der Graf von Luxemburg: Operette in drei Akten (Querschnitt). Libretto: Bodanzky u. A.M.Willner
Vanessa by Samuel Barber ( Recording )
27 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This broadcast, recorded just two weeks after Vanessa's Met world premiere, presents the original cast in spectacular form. Eleanor Steber is marvelous as the title heroine, a beautiful woman awaiting the return of her long-lost lover. But the man who arrives is his son, Anatol (a suave Nicolai Gedda). The handsome youth plays a dangerous emotional game of wooing both Vanessa and her niece Erika (an enchanting Rosalind Elias)--with devastating consequences. Regina Resnik stars as the Old Baroness and Giorgio Tozzi is the kind Doctor. Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos gives an impassioned reading of Barber's superb score
Der Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss ( Recording )
23 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber ( Recording )
18 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in German and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Euryanthe: Grosse heroisch-romantische Oper in drei Aufzügen, op.81. Libretto: Helmina von Chézy
Vanessa [opera in 4 acts by Samuel Barber ( Recording )
16 editions published between 1958 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boris Godunov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky ( Recording )
41 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boris Godunov. Martti Talvela, bass Nicolai Gedda, tenor Leonard Mroz, Bozena Kinasz, Andrzej Hiolski, Aage Haugland, Halina Lukomska, Polish radio chorus of Krakow, Boys chorus from Krakow Philharmonic chorus, PolishRadio national symphony orchestra. Jerzy Semkow, conductor
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach ( Recording )
38 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Who could resist the tales of Hoffmann when ardent-voiced tenor Nicolai Gedda as the title hero of Offenbach's opera spins them? Combining dark German romanticism with scintillating music, the stories tell of the poet's ill-fated relationships with four women. Gedda is paired with the great singing actor George London as his constant nemesis. Jean Morel conducts this French masterpiece
Werther by Jules Massenet ( Recording )
30 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
CT I. Wetzlar, near Frankfurt, 1780s. Though it is July, the widowed Bailiff teaches his younger children a Christmas carol in the garden of their house. Their progress is watched with amusement by two neighbors, Schmidt and Johann. They ask for Charlotte, the eldest daughter, who is engaged to Albert. In his absence, the Bailiff tells them, she will be escorted to the local ball that night by a young visiting poet, Werther, whom they find uncongenial. As the friends go off to supper and the Bailiff goes into the house, Werther arrives. He rhapsodizes on the beauty of the evening and watches unseen as Charlotte cuts bread and butter for the children's supper. When the party has left for the ball and the Bailiff has gone to join his friends at the tavern, Albert returns unexpectedly. Disappointed at not finding Charlotte, he promises her sister Sophie he will return in the morning. As the moon rises, Werther and Charlotte return. He has fallen in love with her, but his declaration is cut short when the Bailiff passes by, observing that Albert has returned. Despite his despair, Werther urges Charlotte not to break her promise to marry Albert. ACT II. Three months later, Charlotte and Albert, now married, walk contentedly across the town square on their way to church, followed by Werther. Albert tries to comfort the youth, and Sophie also attempts to cheer him up, but when Charlotte comes out of the church, he speaks of their first meeting; disturbed, she tells him he must leave Wetzlar until Christmas. Werther contemplates suicide, and when Sophie interrupts him, he rushes away. As Charlotte consoles the tearful girl, Albert realizes that Werther must be in love with his wife. ACT III. Alone at home on Christmas Eve, Charlotte rereads the dejected letters written to her by Werther. While she prays for strength, he suddenly appears. Charlotte tries to remain calm and asks him to read to her from his translation of Ossian. Werther chooses a passage where the poet foresees his own death, and when Charlotte begs him to stop, he realizes she returns his love. But she runs from his embrace with a final farewell, and Werther leaves, resolved to die. Albert enters, surprised to find Charlotte distraught, and when a message arrives from Werther asking to borrow Albert's pistols, her reaction convinces him of her love for Werther. He makes her give the pistols to the servant herself, but when Albert has gone she hurries off, praying she may reach Werther in time. ACT IV. Charlotte arrives at Werther's quarters to find him mortally wounded. She declares her love, and he begs forgiveness. As he dies, the voices of the children outside are heard singing their Christmas carol
Il Turco in Italia by Gioacchino Rossini ( )
34 editions published between 1955 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guillaume Tell by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in French and No Linguistic content and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Gädda, Harry Gustaf Nikolaj 1925- Wirklicher Name
Gedda, N. (Nicolai)
Gedda, Nikolaĭ
Gedda, Nikolai, 1925-
Gedda, Nikolaj.
Ustinoff, Nicolai Harry Gustaf
Ustinov, Nicolai Harry Gustav
Ustinov, Nikolaj
Гедда, Николай
Николай, Гедда, 1925-
German (199)
French (157)
Italian (98)
English (90)
Russian (56)
Swedish (8)
Spanish (2)
Dutch (2)
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