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In ecclesiastical usage, the recognition by the State of a particular Church as that of the State. In OT Judaism and in much of the ancient world, religious observance was part of the ...

Coyle, Spencer

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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...Spencer ( Britten : Owen Wingrave ). Bass‐bar. Head of a military cramming establishment. Tries to persuade Owen to continue as a soldier. Created (TV 1971 /stage 1973 ) by John Shirley‐Quirk...

Lechmere

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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...( Britten : Owen Wingrave ). Ten. A young student with Owen at Coyle's cramming establishment. He can't wait to go to war and fight. Created ( 1971 TV/ 1973 ) by Nigel Douglas...

Orgéni, Aglaja

Orgéni, Aglaja (17 Dec 1841)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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164 words

...Huguenots ). Her repertory also included Agathe ( Der Freischütz ) and Marguerite ( Faust ). In 1879 she retired from the stage, but continued to sing in concert until 1886 , after which she taught at the Leipzig Conservatory, becoming the first female professor at that establishment. In 1914 she moved to Vienna. She had style and great technical proficiency, especially in coloratura. Elizabeth...

Owen Wingrave

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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...Benjamin Britten; London 1973 , cond. Steuart Bedford. London and Paramore, late 19th cent.: Owen Wingrave comes from a family of soldiers, but he hates fighting, unlike his friend Lechmere who can't wait to be in the thick of battle. They are both at Coyle 's military establishment. Owen tells Coyle he cannot become a soldier. His aunt, Miss Wingrave , is determined he will follow the family tradition. Mrs Julian and her daughter Kate Julian believe Owen will change his mind and are hostile towards him when he arrives at Paramore, the family country...

Williams, Harold

Williams, Harold (3 Sept 1893)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...from its beginning in 1947 . Williams toured Australia as a soloist in 1929 and 1940–44 , taught at the NSW State Conservatorium in Sydney from 1952 (at Eugene Goossens's invitation) and took part, notably as Escamillo, in the postwar Sydney seasons that led to the establishment of a permanent professional opera company. Margreta Elkins was his pupil. Roger...

Magli, Giovanni Gualberto

Magli, Giovanni Gualberto (8 Jan 1625)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...1622 . T. Carter : ‘ A Florentine Wedding of 1608 ’, AcM , lv (1983), 89–107 J. Whenham , ed.: Claudio Monteverdi: ‘Orfeo’ (Cambridge, 1986) W. Kirkendale : The Court Musicians in Florence during the Principate of the Medici, with a Reconstruction of the Artistic Establishment (Florence, 1993) Tim...

Aubry, Marie

Aubry, Marie (1656)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Marie ( b c 1656 ; d Paris , 1704 ). French singer . She sang at a young age in the musical establishment of Philip, Duke of Orléans, and first appeared on stage as Diana in Les amours de Diane et d'Endymion by Jean de Granouilhet at Versailles ( 1671 ). Her performance impressed Robert Cambert , who cast her as Phyllis in his pastorale Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour ( 1671 ). She created six leading roles in Jean-Baptiste Lully's operas: Aeglé in Thésée ( 1675 ), Sangaride in Atys ( 1676 ), Io in Isis ( 1677 ), Philonoé in ...

Owen Wingrave

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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1,201 words

... as Mrs Julian; Peter Pears was Sir Philip, Nigel Douglas sang Lechmere, Sylvia Fisher was Miss Wingrave, Heather Harper was Mrs Coyle. Owen Wingrave the last of the Wingraves baritone Spencer Coyle who runs a military cramming establishment bass‐baritone Lechmere a young student with Owen at Coyle's establishment tenor Miss Wingrave Owen's aunt dramatic soprano Mrs Coyle soprano Mrs Julian a widow and dependant at Paramore soprano Kate her daughter mezzo‐soprano General Sir Philip Wingrave Owen's grandfather tenor Narrator a ballad singer...

Suor Angelica

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...‘triptych’ ( Il trittico ). The composer accepted without hesitation. Composition proceeded swiftly through the spring and summer of 1917 . For local colour Puccini turned to his sister Igenia, Mother Superior at the convent at Vicepelago, and was permitted to visit her establishment and play the score to the assembled nuns, all of whom were moved to tears. Another valuable source of information was Puccini's lifelong friend, the priest Father Pietro Panichelli, who supplied the text for what the composer flippantly referred to as the ‘Marcia reale della...

Mireille

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...Saintes‐Maries Setting Provence, 19th century The appearance of Mirèio in 1859 (in a bilingual edition, with the Provençal text matched by a French prose translation on facing pages) brought the Provençal poet Frédéric Mistral to the attention of the Parisian literary establishment for the first time. Gounod probably knew the epic by the end of 1861 and, after receiving permission from Mistral for an operatic adaptation, began to work seriously on the project at the beginning of 1863 , composing most of it on location. Gounod gave the poet regular...

Death in Venice

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...Venice is restored, despite the sinister refusal of his gondolier to obey orders, or wait to be paid. In a lyrical arioso Aschenbach muses on the fact that a black gondola is ‘a vision of death itself’. 1.iv The first evening at the hotel The manager sings the praises of his establishment. To an expansive, consonant yet tonally unstable motif he obsequiously shows the writer the view of the beach from his room, then leaves Aschenbach to reflect in recitative on his aims and ambitions as a creative artist. After a while he is drawn back to the view before him....

Orfeo

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...in the title role) and ‘a little priest’ (possibly Girolamo Bacchini ) who sang Eurydice. It seems likely, then, that most, if not all, the principal female roles of the opera were sung by castratos. The instrumentalists and chorus were probably drawn from the court musical establishment. The apparently large and diverse instrumental ensemble required (related to the rich ensembles of intermedi , court entertainments of the period) can in fact be managed by a small group of players. Orfeo was first performed in the ducal palace at Mantua in a room (not...

Faust

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...in French opera such as Massenet's Manon . The ensuing quartet features a wealth of finely wrought detail, both in orchestration (too often overlooked in critiques of the work) and shaping of the melodic line. Faust became particularly important to the French musical establishment at the end of the century. A work by a winner of the Prix de Rome that could claim to be thoroughly modern and personal in style at its première, and go on to international stages, was a significant enhancement to the musical prestige of a French operatic culture previously...

Coyle, Spencer

Coyle, Spencer  

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(Britten: Owen Wingrave). Bass‐bar. Head of a military cramming establishment. Tries to persuade Owen to continue as a soldier. Created (TV 1971/stage 1973) by John Shirley‐Quirk.
Lechmere

Lechmere  

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(Britten: Owen Wingrave). Ten. A young student with Owen at Coyle's cramming establishment. He can't wait to go to war and fight. Created (1971 TV/1973) by Nigel Douglas.
Orfeo

Orfeo  

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Favola in musica in a prologue and five acts by Claudio Monteverdi to a libretto by Alessandro Striggio based mainly on the Orpheus myth as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses, though drawing also on the ...

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