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Spence, Toby

Works: 180 works in 464 publications in 7 languages and 8,103 library holdings
Genres: Music  Live sound recordings  Drama  Musical settings  Fiction  History  Operas  Filmed operas  Oratorios  Musical films 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Vocalist
Classifications: M1613.M212, 784.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Toby Spence
The Tempest by William Shakespeare( Recording )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cutting-edge composer Thomas Ades follows up his successful opera Powder Her Face with an ambitious interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest
Requiem, op. 5 : Grande Messe des morts ; Symphonie funèbre et triomphale : op. 15 by Hector Berlioz( )

8 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Super audio CD
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard the Lion Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman, is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft-but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The wicked Prince John plots to usurp England's throne, but two of the most popular heroes in all of English literature-Richard the Lion Hearted and the well-loved, famous outlaw Robin Hoo-team up to defeat the Normans and regain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Sir Walter Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure
Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in French and Undetermined and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performances of Berlioz's epic masterpiece are rare events--under James Levine's inspired leadership, the stellar cast and the Met's chorus and orchestra triumphantly meet the enormous challenge. Ben Heppner is the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas who escapes the doomed city of Troy and falls in love with the beautiful Queen of Carthage, Dido, sung by the radiant Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in her final appearance at the Met. Deborah Voigt is breathtaking as Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who sees the looming calamity but is ignored
Die Schöpfung by Joseph Haydn( )

12 editions published in 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haydn gave birth to a new type of oratorio that reflected perfectly the spirit of his time. With German texts, direct expression of feelings and many grand choruses, it stood for the transition from the aristocracy to a bourgeois society, in which music-making in a group was seen as an expression of civil pride. Extremely popular with amateur choirs, performances with a large ensemble became the rule until well into the 20th century. And the 1960 Electrola recording represents this tradition, with a top-class trio of soloists consisting of the great Elisabeth Grummer, outstanding tenor Josef Traxel and Gottlob Frick, "the blackest of all bass singers"
Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmstrip consists of analysis, commentary and illustrations of Bach's Magnificat
English song series by Liza Lehmann( )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in Undetermined and English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messiah (1751 version) by George Frideric Handel( )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vocal works by Witold Lutosławski( )

7 editions published in 2011 in 3 languages and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny : opera in three acts by Kurt Weill( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in German and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Production of the Weill/Brecht opera which depicts the consumerism of the mythical city of Mahagonny. Mahagonny is presented as a Hollywood Babylon full of pyramidal towers, carved elephants, commodified sex and licensed gluttony--Adapted from the container
Sir Charles Mackerras conducts Mozart's Così by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 : Stabat Mater by Karol Szymanowski( )

4 editions published in 2013 in Polish and English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La rondine by Giacomo Puccini( )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soprano Kristine Opolais made a celebrated Met debut in Puccini's bittersweet story of love and loss. She sings Magda, a young woman who leaves behind her luxurious existence as the mistress of the rich Rambaldo (Dwayne Croft) to follow her heart and live with Ruggero (Giuseppe Filianoti)--but their happiness is short-lived. Anna Christy is Magda's feisty maid Lisette and Marius Brenciu sings the poet Prunier
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( )

5 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Lied von der Erde: Sinfonie für Alt, Tenor und Orchester. Text: Hans Bethge. Bearbeitung für Kammerorchester von Arnold Schönberg und Rainer Riehn
Works by Finzi and Walton by Gerald Finzi( )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There was a child by Jonathan Dove( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les illuminations by Benjamin Britten( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Texte enregistré
Omar Khayyám by Granville Bantock( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A knot of riddles : Angels of the mind ; and other songs by Arthur Bliss( )

8 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded 9-11 Feb. 1998, Henry Wood Hall, Lodnon
Les Boréades : "tragédie en musique" in five acts : posthumous opera (1764) by Jean-Philippe Rameau( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in French and English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mythical tale of a young queen, Alphise, determined to abdicate rather than contemplate an enforced marriage to a descendant of Boreas. Written in 1763, the opera was abandoned in rehearsal for reasons still unclear; Rameau died the following year and the work disappeared from public view for more than 200 years
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Audience level: 0.41 (from 0.34 for Ivanhoe / ... to 0.51 for Les Boréa ...)

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Alternative Names
Spence, Edward Tobias

Spence, Toby 1968-

Toby Spence britischer Opernsänger der Stimmlage Tenor

Toby Spence British tenor

Toby Spence Brits operazanger