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Franke, Paul 1917-2011

Works: 183 works in 348 publications in 5 languages and 1,933 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Motion picture music  Operas  History  Interviews  Music  Live sound recordings  Methods‡vSelf-instruction 
Roles: Singer, Performer, Author, Other, Commentator, Redactor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo ( Recording )
18 editions published between 1953 and 2010 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Complete in two acts, sung in Italian
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1953 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 157 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
La Périchole [An opéra bouffe in three acts] by Jacques Offenbach ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1957 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La Périchole: Opéra bouffe en trois actes. Livret: Henri Meilhac et L.Halévy
Boris Godunov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1953 and 1985 in English and Russian and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Adapted from a play by Alexander Pushkin about the 16th-century tsar, Boris Godunov
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in Italian and German and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Book (125 p. :
O paradiso great opera arias by Jussi Björling ( Recording )
3 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
They plowed up hell in old Cochise : a blazing saga of Cochise County, Arizona, America's last frontier by Paul Franke ( Book )
5 editions published between 1950 and 1962 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
2 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in Italian and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This 1950 production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia features Lily Pons as Rosina, Giuseppe di Stefano as Count Almaviva and Giuseppe Valdengo as Figaro
The tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach ( Recording )
in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fantasy opera in 4 acts
Highlights from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti ( Recording )
2 editions published between 1950 and 1952 in Italian and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le sacre du printemps Le rossignol ; Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in Russian and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This triple bill of works by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, directed by John Dexter and designed by David Hockney, offered Met audiences a rich theatrical experience-beginning with the dramatically gripping ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, with Music Director James Levine and the Met Orchestra at their riveting best. The charming fairy tale Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) features Gianna Rolandi as the title character, whose singing is so enchanting that it keeps even Death (Jean Kraft) from the ailing Emperor (Morley Meredith). The searing Oedipus Rex retells the Greek myth in stark but emotional terms. William Lewis is the tragically ill-fated title hero who unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother, Jocasta (Florence Quivar). Franz Mazura sings the roles of Creon and the Messenger, and Anthony Dowell is the Speaker
Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in French and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Legendary conductor Pierre Monteux is at the helm of this opera that is a combination of enticing French music wedded to a sinister German story. With Richard Tucker in the title role, Hoffmann's tales of the women he has loved--Roberta Peters, Risë Stevens, and Lucine Amara--have seldom been told so poetically. The tunes are as beguiling as Hoffman's enchanting loves, but there is always a dark force at work. Martial Singher in a tour de force appears as all four of Hoffmann's nemeses
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in Italian and held by 23 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
Mario Del Monaco sings highlights from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1966 in Italian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in Italian and German and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
EMI: Cdh 7 61052 2
The merry widow by Franz Lehár ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Instrumental selection
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1952 and 1996 in Italian and held by 17 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
Wagner at the Met legendary performances from The Metopolitan Opera by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Schwarzkopf samlingen
Geschichte der Elektrotherapie in der Augenheilkunde by Paul Franke ( Book )
3 editions published in 1894 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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