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Cole, Steven

Works: 61 works in 141 publications in 5 languages and 2,841 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Chamber operas  Drama  Musical settings  Excerpts  Live sound recordings  Arrangements (Music)  Art music  Songs and music  Dramatic music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Actor, Director, Author, Musician, Vocalist
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Cole
Orphée aux enfers by Jacques Offenbach( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in French and Undetermined and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet contains article by Maurice Tassart and synopsis plus libretto
Le grand macabre by György Ligeti( Recording )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NIELSEN, Inga (soprano). FREDRICKS, Olive (mezzo-soprano). HAAGE, Peter (tenor). WELLER, Dieter (baritone). DANISH RADIO CHORUS. DANISH RADIO ORCHESTRA. HOWARTH, Elgar (conductor)
Le grand macabre by György Ligeti( )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and German and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creation/creator by Christopher Theofanidis( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 254 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 218 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 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in German and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

18. Jahrhundert; Oper
Susannah by Carlisle Floyd( )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susannah: Musical Drama in Two Acts
Opera highlights by Jacques Offenbach( )

1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Callas : living and dying for art and love by Chris Hunt( Visual )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Callas appeared on the operatic stage for the very last time at Covent Garden in July 1965. She sang the role of Tosca. Though a huge success, it also marked the beginning of the end. This documentary explores the artist's decision to say goodbye
Der Bürger als Edelmann ; Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Recording )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in German and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orphée aux enfers by Jacques Offenbach( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in French and held by 97 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
Wozzeck by Alban Berg( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 88 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

Ariadne auf Naxos ; Der Bürger als Edelmann by Richard Strauss( )

in German and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Zauberflöte : KV 620 : highlights = extraits = Auszüge by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orpheus in the underworld( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in French and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his famous "opera bouffe" Orpheus in the Underworld, Jacques Offenbach explores in a comic way the tragic story of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. It is staged here by Laurent Pelly at the Opéra National de Lyon and performed by Natalie Dessay (Eurydice) and Yann Beuron (Orpheus). In this funny version of Orphée's ancient myth, his highly famous complaint "I have lost my Eurydice" seems to be a victory roar ... In this opera composed after a libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy, premiered in 1858 at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Offenbach and the librettists give characters back to life in a highly humorous way. It is the story of a domestic squabble between bitter lovers Eurydice and Orpheus: Eurydice is fed up with Orpheus musical talent, but they cannot break off. So that Orpheus decides to ask shepherd Aristaeus --€who is Pluto himself disguised€-- for his help. He wants him to seduce Eurydice to lead her die in a trap. Eurydice dies and goes to the Underworld. Everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, but Public Opinion comes to moralize Orpheus: he must save his honour in saving Eurydice ... The fanciful staging perfectly highlights Offenbach's Genius and humor: indeed he was the composer who created the genre of French "opéra bouffe". Natalie Dessay and Yann Beuron remarkably perform this opera with voices full of expressiveness and a beautiful stage presence. They really transform this domestic squabble into a funny story
A Gottschalk gala : songs and piano pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orphée aux enfers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offenbach's burlesque on the Greek legend of Orpheus is the tale of a dissolute group of gods who, bored with the confines of Mount Olympus, decide to go slumming in Hades
Works by György Ligeti( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giulio Cesare by Antonio Sartorio( Recording )

2 editions published in 2005 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Steven Cole Amerikaans operazanger

Steven Cole US-amerikanischer Opersänger im Stimmfach Tenor

Стивен Коул

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