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Croft, Richard 1959-

Works: 102 works in 422 publications in 9 languages and 5,611 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Live sound recordings  Music videos  Nonfiction films  Operas  Requiems  Film adaptations  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Vocalist, Director, Other, Actor, Musician, Conductor, Interviewee
Classifications: M2010, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Croft
The barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini( Visual )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theater director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success, and a live recording of its revival has been made
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Met's production of Verdi's Otello from 1995, with Placido Domingo in one of his greatest roles opposite the stunning Renee Fleming in her first breakaway Met success."--Résumé de la notice dérivée
Semele by George Frideric Handel( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semele: Weltliches Oratorium in drei Akten für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Continuo, HWV 58. Text: William Congreve
Twilight of the gods : the ultimate Wagner Ring collection by Richard Wagner( )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La finta giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

22 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belfiore believes he has killed his lover in a fit of jealousy but then encounters her disguised as gardener Sandrina in Mozart's first mature opera buffa
Theodora by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director Peter Sellars takes this Handel oratorio, originally set in fourth-century Antioch and resets it in modern-day America. The story is of Christian virgin Theodora and her self-sacrificial love for the Roman Didymus
Les indes galantes : opéra-ballet en un prologue et quatre actes [= opéra-ballet in a prologue and four entrées] (1735) by Jean-Philippe Rameau( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[E]xuberant production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's second opera ... presents four exotic love stories ... In Le Turc généreux, Osman sets free his captive, Emilie, whom he loves, so that she may be reunited with her former lover, Valère; Les Incas du Pérou is all about the rivalry of the Inca Huascar and the Spaniard Don Carlos, both in pursuit of Princess Phani; Les Fleurs, fête persane offers a Persian love intrigue, as the Sultana Fatime tries to detect whether her husband Tacmas has his eye on the lovely Atalide; and Les Sauvages takes us to North America, where a Spaniard and a Frenchman compete for the love of Zima, daughter of a native chief, who prefers one of her own people."--Container
Hercules by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

14 editions published in 2002 in 5 languages and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This oratorio premiered in January 1745, and is a masterpiece that shows Handel at the height of his powers both as composer and dramatist. The central figure is Dejanira, despite the title of the work. Handel delivers a masterly portrait of a strong and determined woman gradually undermined from within
L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi( Visual )

32 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi's last opera, written when he was 75, and first performed in Venice in 1642. The opera tells the amoral story of the Roman Emperor Nero's love affair with the scheming and seductive Poppea, with evil triumphing over good, while the allegorical figures from the Prologue - Fortune, Virtue and Love look on
Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi( Recording )

4 editions published in 1997 in Latin and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Limited Edition Bonus CD (Disc 3): Martin Pearlman discusses Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, followed by selections from Boston Baroque's recordings
Die entführung aus dem serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Belmonte and his servant, Pedrillo, try to rescue their respective sweethearts, Constanze and Blondchen, from the harem of Pasha Selim. Discovered in the act of escaping by Osmin, keeper of the harem, they are apprehended but eventually pardoned and set free by the magnanimous Pasha. Mozart's first great success, with which German opera came of age."--The encyclopedia of opera
Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

2 editions published in 1995 in Latin and German and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Never performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before, and rarely heard in concert at all, the Requiem by Antonín Dvořák captured on this CD from a live concert seems a near-forgotten masterpiece. Dvořák scholar Gervase Hughes cites this work for four soloists, chorus and orchestra as one of the composer's finest sacred creations, 'a deeply moving expression of faith on the part of a composer whose religious conviction never wavered'"--Container
Il primo omicidio by Alessandro Scarlatti( Recording )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ariodante : HWV 33 by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

7 editions published in 1997 in Italian and Spanish and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau( Visual )

9 editions published in 2005 in 3 languages and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exuberant production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1735 opera presenting four exotic love stories
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner( Visual )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Acclaim for Robert Lepage's new production of Dos Rheingold: Subtle and spectacular, intimate and epic (London Telegraph). As strong a lineup of vocal artists for a Wagner opera as I have heard in years. Bryn Terfel's chilling, brutal Wotan: Stephanie Blythe's vocally sumptuous, magisterial yet movingly vulnerable Fricke: Eric Owens had a triumphant night as Alberich. Levine drew a splendid performance from the great Met orchestra (New York Times)"--Container
Der Ring des Nibelungen ; and, "Wagner's dream" : the making of the Ring by Richard Wagner( Visual )

3 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's dream: "Wagner's dream takes you deep into the artistic and musical challenges of the epic Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Visionary director Robert Lepage begins a five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Metropolitan Opera history, featuring a 90,000-pound set ("The Machine") conceived to meet Wagner's immense theatrical demands. The film follows heroic singers from rehearsals to performance as they take on many of the most daunting roles in opera. Soprano Deborah Voigt is torn between excitement and fear as she prepares to play the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, while unexpected drama arises as a new tenor, Jay Hunter Morris, steps in as the Ring's hero, Siegfried - days before the production's world premiere. An intimate look at the challenges of live theater and the risks that must be taken, the film chronicles the tremendous creativity and unflagging determination behind this daring attempt to realize Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring."--Container
Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

19 editions published in 2009 in 3 languages and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The opera's story is typical of the period and the genre. A king is pitted against a prince, rival princesses against each other and just about everyone against the sea god, Neptune. With his series of distinguished and highly acclaimed Mozart operatic recordings, Rene Jacobs has shown he is the ideal conductor to revive this dazzling composition. The set includes a bonus DVD that details the making of this remarkable recording
Nessun dorma : the art of the tenor( )

1 edition published in 2000 in Italian and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of arias sung by the world's greatest tenors
Orphée et Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck( Recording )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The grieving musician of Greek myth follows his beloved wife to the depths of Hades in an attempt to bring her back from the dead
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The barber of Seville
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Croft, R.

Croft, R. 1959-

Croft, R. (Richard), 1959-