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1776

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

America’s obsession with its own history had already resulted in at least two Broadway musicals based on momentous national events before this show opened at the 46th Street Theatre on ...

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A. Edward Sutherland

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1895–1974).

Film director. A performer-turned-director, he specialized in comedies and musicals at Paramount. Sutherland was born in London to American parents in show business...

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Aage Haugland

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Copenhagen, 1944; d Copenhagen, 2000).

Danish bass‐baritone. Début Oslo 1968 in Martinů's Comedy on the Bridge. Member of Danish Royal Opera from 1973. CG début 1975. Sang Hagen...

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Aaron

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Religion.

In Hebrew tradition Moses's brother. He was assigned to Moses as his assistant (Exod. 4: 14), and later he and his descendants were appointed priests (Exod. 28 f.). In Christian theology he...

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Abaris

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Rameau: Les Boréades). Ten. Son of Apollo. Brought up by the High Priest Adamas, his identity has remained a secret. In love with Queen Alphise, he is only able to marry her when his royal...

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Abbott and Costello

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Teaming up in 1931, Abbott And Costello were in vaudeville before gaining success in radio, films and television. Bud Abbott (b. William A. Abbott, 2 October 1895, Asbury Park, New ...

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Abigaille

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Verdi: Nabucco). Sop. Elder but illegitimate daughter of Nabucco. She is in love with the Hebrew Ismaele who rejects her in favour of her younger sister Fenena. She attempts to replace her...

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Abimélech

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Saint‐Saëns: Samson et Dalila). Bass. Satrap of Gaza. He taunts the subjugated Hebrews for praying to their God who is not helping them in their distress. Their leader, Samson, slays him....

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Academy award

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Any of a series of awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Hollywood, US) given annually since 1928 for achievement in the film industry in various categories; an Oscar.

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Achilla

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Handel: Giulio Cesare). Bass. General and Counsellor to Tolomeo, who cheats him. Achilla defends Cleopatra against Tolomeo and is mortally wounded. Created (1724) by Giuseppe Boschi.

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Achille De Bassini

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Milan, 5 May 1819; d Cava de’ Tirreni, 3 Sept 1881). Italian baritone. He was the type of the ‘noble’ baritone for whom Giuseppe Verdi wrote parts exploiting a high tessitura, firm...

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Acis

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

In Greek mythology, a young shepherd, lover of the sea nymph Galatea, who was killed out of jealousy by his rival Polyphemus; as he died, Galatea turned him into a river.

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Acis and Galatea

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Handel). Lib. by John Gay and others; 2 acts; f.p. Cannons, Edgware, nr. London, 1718, possibly dir. by Johann Christoph Pepusch. Better defined as a masque or pastoral.

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Across the Universe

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Columbia 2007). Thirty-three songs written by the Beatles and some startling visual imagery helped viewers get through the routine hippie love story in this awkward, beautiful movie...

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Act

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Majestic Theatre 1977). While Liza Minnelli triumphed in this musical vehicle built around her considerable talents, the script by George Furth and the score by John Kander (music) and...

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Ada Adini

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Boston, 1855; d Dieppe, Feb 1924).

American soprano. She studied with Pauline Viardot and Giovanni Sbriglia in Paris. Her début role was Giacomo Meyerbeer's Dinorah, at Varese...

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Ada Sari

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Wadowice, nr Kraków, 29 June 1886; d Ciechocinek, 12 July 1968). Polish soprano. One of the most distinguished coloratura sopranos of her era, she studied singing in Kraków, Vienna and,...

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Adalgisa

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(Bellini: Norma). Sop. (but often sung by mez.). An acolyte of the temple. Pollione's love for her makes him reject Norma, the High Priestess. Adalgisa is horrified to realize that Pollione...

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Adam Didur

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Wola Sekowa, nr Sanok, 24 Dec 1874; d Katowice, 7 Jan 1946). Polish bass. He studied in Lemberg with Valery Wysocki and in Milan with Franz Emmerich. He made his début in 1894 in Rio de...

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Adam Guettel

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1964).

Stage composer and lyricist. One of the most promising and accomplished songwriters at the turn of the twentieth century, he has garnered plenty of attention in his recent...

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