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Verrett, Shirley

Works: 544 works in 1,465 publications in 8 languages and 13,660 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Biography  Musical settings  Operas  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Motion picture music  Film adaptations  Music  Television adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Narrator, Interviewee, Commentator, Vocalist, Actor, Other
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Shirley Verrett
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
43 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The young Leonie Rysanek triumphs in her second Met broadcast of the almost four dozen she would do during her astonishing career. Here she is Elizabeth of Valois, married to King Philip II of Spain (Jerome Hines), even though she loves his son, Don Carlo (Giulio Gari). Rysanek's heartbreaking performance fully connects with Elizabeth's passion and despair. Beloved baritone Robert Merrill is Don Carlo's friend, Roderigo, killed by the Inquisition. Blanche Thebom is Princess Eboli and future superstar Martina Arroyo is heard in her Met debut role as the Celestial Voice
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
67 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Macbeth and Banquo encounter three prophesying witches on their journey home from battle. Macbeth's ambitions are kindled by the witches' prediction that he will someday be king. In an effort to hasten the prophecy, he and Lady Macbeth plot the murders of those in the way. Under the strain of the heinous crimes, Lady Macbeth dies and Macbeth edges toward insanity. In the tragic climax, Macbeth is killed in a duel and Malcolm becomes king
Broadway's lost treasures II ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1971 and 1992
Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns ( Visual )
46 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Closely follows the biblicasl tale of the struggle between the Hebrews and the Philistines and the downfall of Samson in the hands of the temptress Dalila"--Container
Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti ( Recording )
34 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on Victor Hugo's most sensational play, 'Lucrece Borgia', a scandalous tale of murder, torture, incest, homosexuality, drunkenness and orgies, Donizetti's opera is one of the great masterpieces of Italian 'bel canto' repertoire. While omitting some of its more excessive elements, the libretto by Felice Romani inspired Donizetti to compose superb arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, bringing each act to a stirring conclusion. Brimming with high drama and pathos, this production stars Greek diva Dimitra Theodossiou in the infamous title role, praised for her stupendous acting and singing as England's Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux'
L'africaine by Giacomo Meyerbeer ( Visual )
41 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vasco da Gama returns to Portugal to mount a new expedition in search of passage beyond Africa. What ensues is a tale of unrequited love, jealousy and hatred that takes place on an island off the coast of Africa
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
34 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
PRYCE, Leontyne (soprano). BERGONZI, Carlo (tenor). MERRILL, Robert (baritone). VERRETT, Shirley (mezzo-soprano). GRIST, Reri (soprano). FLAGELLO, Ezio (bass). MAZZOLI, Ferruccio (bass). PALMA, Piero de (tenor). LACOPUCCI, Fernando (tenor). BARIO, Mario II (baritone). RCA ITALIAN OPERA CHORUS. RENATA CORTIGLIONI CHILDREN'S CHORUS. RCA ITALIAN OPERA ORCHESTRA. LEINSDORF, Erich (conductor)
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
35 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in 5 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Don Carlos: Grand opéra en cinq actes. Livret: Joseph Méry et Camille du Locle
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel 1994 Broadway cast recording by Richard Rodgers ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alfred Drake, Roberta Peters
Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti ( Recording )
35 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anna Bolena: Tragedia lirica in due atti. Libretto: Felice Romani
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
29 editions published between 1965 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poor Luisa Miller (Katia Ricciarelli) has given her heart to a man she knows as "Carlo." But he is really Rodolfo (Luciano Pavarotti), the son of Count Walter (Paul Plishka), who is being pressured by the Count to marry another woman. Despite every effort of Lucia's loving father (Leo Nucci), the evil Wurm (John Cheek), eventually triumphs. But it's Verdi's passionate music that wins in the end, brought to life by a cast who knows how to stir our hearts
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
22 editions published between 1965 and 1998 in Italian and German and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zinka Milanov, soprano ; Giuseppe di Stefano, tenor ; Leonard Warren, Bariton
Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck ( Recording )
22 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Odeon: 80756
El amor brujo (Love the magician) ; El retablo de Maese Pedro by Manuel de Falla ( Recording )
17 editions published between 1960 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The siege of Corinth [L'assedio di Corinto] by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
18 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 218 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
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini ( Recording )
24 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Norma (Shirley Verrett) is the high priestess of the Druids and daughter of their leader Oroveso (Paul Plishka). But she is also in love with Pollione (Carlo Cossuta), proconsul of their Roman oppressors, and secretly has had two children with him. Matters get even more complicated when another priestess, Adalgisa (Elena Obraztsova), innocently confesses to Norma that she has fallen love with Pollione, who in turns wants to take Adalgisa back to Rome with him. Bellini's exquisite music conveys every nuance of the characters' emotional dilemma, all the way through to the drama's shattering conclusion
Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The classic story of seduction, betrayal of love and religion and the vengence of man and God
Great operatic duets by Montserrat Caballé ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1970 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oratorio, melodrama by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Carter, Shirley.
Carter, Shirley 1931-2010
Carter, Shirley Verrett-.
Carter Shirley Verrett- 1931-2010
Carter-Verrett, Shirley 1931-2010
Shirley Carter
Shirley Verret
Verrett-Carter, Shirley.
Verrett-Carter Shirley 1931-2010
Italian (295)
French (75)
English (46)
German (22)
Spanish (8)
Latin (3)
Russian (1)
Multiple languages (1)