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Kraus, Otakar 1909-1980

Overview
Works: 171 works in 277 publications in 5 languages and 1,641 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical settings  Motion picture music  Live sound recordings  Music 
Roles: Performer, Vocalist, Translator, Singer, Other, Editor, Librettist
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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posthumous Publications by Otakar Kraus, published posthumously.
Most widely held works about Otakar Kraus
 
Most widely held works by Otakar Kraus
Jenůfa : Její pastorkyňa : opera o trěch jednáních dle dramatu z venkovského života moravského od Gabriely Preissové = Ihre Ziehtochter = Her foster-daughter by Leoš Janáček ( )
11 editions published between 1969 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das Land des Lächelns Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in German and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lisa, daughter of Count Lichtenfels, falls in love with Chinese diplomat Prince SouChong. She leaves with him for China. Their love is destroyed when Sou-Chong marries four Chinese woman according to Chinese tradition
Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehár ( Recording )
23 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das Land des Lächelns: Romantische Operette in drei Akten. Libretto: Ludwig Herzer und Fritz Löhner nach Viktor Léon
The land of smiles Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehár ( Recording )
6 editions published in 1953 in 3 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The midsummer marriage by Michael Tippett ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in German and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Solists : RIE Staatskapelle Dresden ; Rudolf Kempe, con
St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach ( )
1 edition published in 1989 in German and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albert Herring. Sylvia Fisher, soprano Johanna Peters,soprano John Noble, tenor Owen Brannigan,bass April Cantelo,soprano Peter Pears,tenor The English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, conductor. Libretto and notes included
The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Rape of Lucretia, Peter Pears, tenor Heather Harper, soprano John Shirley-Quirk, bass Bryan Drake, baritone Benajmin Luxon, baritone Janet Baker, contralto Elizabeth Bainbridge, mezzo soprano Jenny Hill, soprano English Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin Britten, conductor Libretto included. Notes included
The rape of Lucretia representative excerpts by Benjamin Britten ( Recording )
2 editions published between 1981 and 1995 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Hoffnung festival ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1972 and 1981 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The beggar's opera by Benjamin Britten ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Beggar's Opera: Ballad-Opera in Three Acts and a Prologue. Libretto: John Gay. New musical version realised from the original airs
The rake's progress favola in tre atti di W.H. Auden e C. Kallman by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parsifal by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2006 in Italian and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Otello: Dramma lirico in quattro atti. Libretto: Arrigo Boito
Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Euryanthe: Grosse heroisch-romantische Oper in drei Aufzügen, op.81. Libretto: Helmina von Chézy
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Siegfried finds the ring. He is slain by Gunther. Brunhilde returns the ring
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
 
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Kraus, Otokar, 1909-1980
Kraus, Ottakar, 1909-
Kraus, Ottakar, 1909-1980
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