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Adventures of Marco Polo

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(NBC-TV 1956). Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow, who had played father and daughter on Broadway in Kismet (1953), were reunited in another exotic tale using classical music. Clay Warnick and...

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Aegisth

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Strauss: Elektra). Ten. Husband of Queen Klytämnestra. He became her lover while her husband Agamemnon was away fighting in the Trojan War. On his return, Aegisth helped Klytämnestra to...

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African American Musicals

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Musical shows utilizing black performers go back to the earliest stage entertainments in America. Minstrel shows were originally composed and performed by African American singers and...

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Agamemnon

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

1 (Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide). Bar. Husband of Clitemnestre and father of Iphigénie, whose sacrifice is demanded by the goddess Diana before she will allow the Greeks to...

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Agathe

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Weber: Der Freischütz). Sop. Daughter of Cuno, in love with Max. Arias: Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle (‘Even when the clouds hide it’); Wie nahte mir der Schlummer … Leise, leise (‘How...

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Agave

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Henze: The Bassarids). Mez. Daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes, mother of Pentheus, who succeeds to the throne. Hypnotized by Dionysus and his world, she leads the Bacchantes who kill...

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Aglaja Orgéni

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Rimászombat, Galicia [now Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia], 17 Dec 1841; d Vienna, 15 March 1926). Hungarian soprano. She studied with Pauline Viardot at Baden-Baden, and made her début in...

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Agnes Baltsa

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Lefkas, 1944).

Greek mezzo‐soprano. Won first Callas Scholarship. Frankfurt Opera 1968–71, making début as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Débuts: Vienna 1970; Deutsche Oper,...

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Agnès Mellon

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Epinay-sur-Seine, 17 Jan 1958).

French soprano. She studied with Nicole Fallien and Jacqueline Bonnardot in Paris, and with Lilian Loran in San Francisco. Later she became a...

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Agnes Moorehead

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1906–1974).

Stage, television, and film performer. The sharp-featured character actress usually played haughty or neurotic women on stage and in films but comic ladies on...

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Agnes Nicholls

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Cheltenham, 1877; d London, 1959).

Eng. soprano. Opera début London 1895 as Purcell's Dido. CG 1901–24. Sang with Denhof, Beecham, and BNOC cos. Amer. début Cincinnati Fest....

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Agrippina

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Handel: Agrippina). Sop./mez. Wife of the Roman emperor Claudio and mother of Nerone by a previous marriage. Wants her son to succeed to the throne and plots to discredit Ottone, her...

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Agrippina

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opera in 3 acts by Handel to lib. by Grimani. Prod. Venice 1709, Abingdon 1963, Philadelphia 1972 (concert), Fort Worth 1985 (stage).

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Agustarello Affré

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b St Chinian, 23 Oct 1858; d Cagnes-sur-Mer, 27 Dec 1931). French tenor. For 20 years he was a principal lyric-heroic tenor at the Opéra in Paris. Its director, Pierre Gailhard, had heard...

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Aida

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Music Theatre.

(2000),

a musical play by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, David Henry Hwang (book), Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics). [Palace Theatre, 1,852 perf.] Only the basic story of...

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Aida

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Verdi: Aida). Sop. Daughter of Amonasro, King of Ethiopia. She was captured when the Egyptians defeated Ethiopia and is now a slave to the Egyptian princess Amneris. Aida is torn between...

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Aida

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opera in 4 acts by Verdi to lib. by Ghislanzoni, being It. trans. from Fr. prose of Camille du Locle based on plot by Fr. Egyptologist Auguste Mariette Bey (Verdi had major hand in lib. and...

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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Ambassador Theatre 1971). An explosive musical revue with songs and monologues by Melvin Van Peebles, it looked at the African American experience with anger and sardonic laughter. In an...

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Aithra

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena). Sop. An enchantress who lives in a palace on an island in the Mediterranean, where she is served by a group of Elves. Her lover, Poseidon, is away and she...

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Akhnaten

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Glass: Akhnaten). Counterten. Son of the recently dead Amenhotep III, and husband of Nefertiti. After his coronation, builds the temple of Akhetaten, into which he and his wife withdraw....

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