WorldCat Identities

Cole, Steven

Works: 55 works in 100 publications in 5 languages and 1,666 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Drama  Fiction  Musical settings  Operas  Interviews  Music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author
Classifications: M1500.M84, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Cole
Orphée aux enfers by Jacques Offenbach( Recording )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in French and Undetermined and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Booklet contains article by Maurice Tassart and synopsis plus libretto
Le grand macabre by György Ligeti( Recording )
9 editions published in 1999 in English and German and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 208 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
Die Zauberflöte The magic flute = La flûte enchantée by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )
1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Bürger als Edelmann Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Recording )
4 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Orphée aux enfers ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in French and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recorded live from the Opera National de Lyon 1997. Featuring Conductor: Marc Minkowski and Artists: Natalie Dessay, Yann Beuron, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Laurent Naouri
Opera highlights by Jacques Offenbach( )
1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wozzeck by Pietro D'Agostino( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Calixto Bieito's controversial but visually stunning production is set in a grisly, chaotic, post-industrial maze, giving a contemporary edge to the disturbing and hair-raising intensity of Alban Berg's expressionistic masterpiece
From the southland songs, piano sketches and spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh by H. T Burleigh( Recording )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Zauberflöte KV 620 : highlights = extraits = Auszüge by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )
2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in German and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Zauberflöte K. 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )
2 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The hatching horror by Stephen Cole( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Teggs, an astronaut dinosaur, and his crew escort dinosaur colonists to another planet where they are threatened by oviraptors and other dangers
A Gottschalk gala songs and piano pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk( Recording )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
18. Jahrhundert; Oper
Giulio Cesare by Antonio Sartorio( Recording )
1 edition published in 2005 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Works by György Ligeti( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Susannah by Carlisle Floyd( Recording )
3 editions published in 1994 in German and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's powerful opera, the story of a beautiful Tennessee girl who innocently incites the lust of her church Elders, leading to her denouncement as a sinner. Samuel Ramey is the Reverend Olin Blitch, whose concern for Susannah turns into desire, and Jerry Hadley sings Susannah's brother, Sam, who tries to take his revenge on the preacher. James Conlon conducts this broadcast performance from the opera's Met premiere run
György-Ligeti-Edition by György Ligeti( Recording )
1 edition published in 1999 in Latin and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ariadne auf Naxos Der Bürger als Edelmann by Richard Strauss( )
2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La noche triste by Jean Prodromidès( Recording )
2 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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German (20)
English (19)
French (13)
Italian (1)
Latin (1)