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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growth India's vast territory can be divided into three main regions ...

Sāvitri

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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89 words

...( Holst ). Lib. by comp.; 1 act; f.p. London 1916 (amateur), cond. Herman Grunebaum . A forest in India, time unspecified: Death tells Sāvitri that he has come for her husband Satyavān . Sāvitri at first tries to protect her husband, then invites Death to stay. Satyavān dies. Death offers to grant Sāvitri a wish, and she asks for life. He agrees to this—she has it already, he says. But, she points out, life for her must mean life for her husband also. Death departs and Satyavān returns to...

Lakmé

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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149 words

...( Delibes ). Lib. by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille; 3 acts; f.p. Paris 1883 , cond. Jules Danbé . India, mid‐19th cent.: Gérald , an English officer, with his friends and their governess, Mistress Bentson , has wandered into a sacred grove. There he sees Lakmé (and her maid Mallika ) and falls in love with her. She is the daughter of Nilakantha , a Brahmin priest, who determines to punish Gérald for desecrating their holy ground. Nilakantha follows Gérald and his fellow‐officer Frédéric to a crowded market, and orders Lakmé to sing and...

Seefried, Irmgard

Seefried, Irmgard (9 Oct 1919)   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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371 words

...interpretation of this role is preserved on recordings with Böhm and Karajan .) After the war she began the series of guest appearances that took her to the opera houses and concert halls of Europe and North and South America; she also undertook concert and recital tours of India, Australia, Japan and South Africa. She first sang at Covent Garden with the Vienna Staatsoper in September 1947 (Fiordiligi and Susanna), returned to sing Susanna and Eva with the Covent Garden company in the 1948–9 season, and soon became a regular soloist at such festivals...

Albani, Dame Emma

Albani, Dame Emma (1 Nov 1847)   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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459 words

..., Frederick Cowen , Antonín Dvořák , Edward Elgar ( The Apostles ), and in 1886 in St Elizabeth on the occasion of Franz Liszt's farewell visit to England. She also sang in opera and concerts in Paris, Brussels, Germany, the USA, Mexico and Canada, and later on tour in India, Australia and South Africa. Her voice was a rich soprano of remarkably sympathetic quality. The higher registers were of exceptional beauty, and she had perfected the art of singing mezza voce . On 14 October 1911 she gave a farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall,...

Satyagraha

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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842 words

...mystery play than standard opera. Few were prepared for its beauty and spiritual propulsion. In scoring it for strings, triple woodwind and organ, Glass used only what he calls ‘international’ instruments (i.e. those that can be found, in one form or another, in both the West and India). Satyagraha nevertheless uses more conventional forces (nine solo voices and a chorus of 40) than the spartan Einstein . While Einstein challenges ideas about what an opera, even an avant‐garde opera, should be, Satyagraha fits Glass neatly into the operatic continuum. ...

Sadko

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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1,699 words
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... is in the fourth scene, when the foreign traders address the Novgorod crowd at the nouveau‐riche Sadko's request. The Viking (or Varangian) Trader's song became a recital favourite second to none in the USSR, while the Indian Trader's – known as ‘Chanson Indoue’ or ‘A Song of India’ – has long been a staple of ‘semi‐classical’ background music the world over. It is curious that both are paraphrases (knowing paraphrases, one has to think) of popular items from the operas of Alexander Serov ( Rogneda and Yudif' respectively). Also Serovian (after the...

Africaine, L'

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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Length:
2,449 words

...of Philip III and features in the tenor role an obscure naval officer named Fernand, who purchases Sélika in a slave market; he sails for Mexico in Act 3, but a storm drives his ships to the coast of Africa and Sélika's realm on the Niger river. In the revision Portugal and India became the backdrop and the explorer Vasco da Gama was made the protagonist of the work; the working title was changed from L'Africaine to Vasco da Gama . Meyerbeer dropped the project once more in 1853 , briefly did some work on it in 1857 , and settled down to Vasco da...

Gérald

Gérald  

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(Delibes: Lakmé). Ten. English officer in India, who trespasses into a sacred grove, sees Lakmé and falls in love with her, thus earning the wrath of her father, a Brahmin priest. Despite his love ...
Bentson, Mistress

Bentson, Mistress  

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(Delibes: Lakmé). Mez. English governess living in India. Created (1883) by Mme Pierron.

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