Elizabeth Bainbridge

Mezzo-Soprano

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Massenet: Thaïs

Massenet: Thaïs


Anna Moffo (Thaïs), Gabriel Bacquier (Athanaël), José Carreras (Nicias), Justino Diaz (Palémon), Patricia Clark (Crobyle), Antonia Butler (Myrtale), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Albine), Jessica Cash (La Charmeuse), Leslie Fyson (Servant)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel

Another CD premiere, one that is sure to excite and delight many opera aficionados, also stars La Moffo. She is heard in the title role of Massenet’s Thaïs in one of her last and most controversial recordings. Dramatically Moffo inhabits the outsized role of a courtesan-turned-saint completely.

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RCA Sony Classical Opera - 88985397882

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Verdi & Puccini Duets

Verdi & Puccini Duets


Puccini:

Tu, tu, amore tu (from Manon Lescaut)

Bimba, bimba, non piangere (from Madama Butterfly)

Elizabeth Bainbridge (mezzo)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Teco io sto (from Un ballo in maschera)


RCA - 88691958342

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Jon Vickers (Peter Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen Orford), Norman Bailey (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), Phillip Gelling (Ned Keene), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), John Tomlinson (Hobson), Marilyn Hill Smith (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece)

The Royal Opera, Colin Davis, production by Elijah Moshinsky

“Colin Davis...proves an inspired interpreter, taut in control as well as warmly expressive, drawing vividly atmospheric playing from the orchestra to supplement the brilliantly effective sets, minimal but wonderfully evocative in their dark picture of the Borough.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ***

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Warner Classics Warner Vision - 0630169132

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Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage

Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage


Joan Carlyle (Jenifer), Elizabeth Harwood (Bella), Helen Watts (Sosostris), Elizabeth Bainbridge (She-Ancient), Stuart Burrows (Jack), Alberto Remedios (Mark), Raimund Herincx (King Fisher), Stafford Dean (He-Ancient), David Whelan (Half-Tipsy Man), Andrew Daniels (Dancing Man)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis

“the recording needs no defending, with singers, chorus and orchestra in full and lively presence, the soloists in excellent balance with the accompaniment...this issue is a life-enhancing creation which no serious music lover should be without.” MusicWeb International, October 2006

“Magic, mystery and joy; the opera’s definitive recording” The Times, 10th May 2013

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Lyrita - SRCD2217

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas


Reissued to mark Sir Colin Davis's 80th birthday, this sublime Philips recording of Dido and Aeneas makes a welcome return to the catalogue. The honeyed sound of its protagonists - Josephine Veasey (whom Sir Colin also chose as the Dido for his recording of Berlioz's Les Troyens) and John Shirley-Quirk - is offset by a chaste-sounding Helen Donath and a superbly characterised Sorceress from Bainbridge.

“fresh and enjoyable” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428334

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

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Plácido Domingo (Manrico), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Leontyne Price (Leonora), Sherrill Milnes (Conte di Luna), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Ferrando), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Ines), Ryland Davies (Ruiz), Stanley Riley (Un vecchio zingaro), Neilson Taylor (Un messo)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Original 1973 quadraphonic recording by Philips Classics, remastered in 2015


When Henry Purcell wrote his one and only opera Dido and Aeneas in the second half of the seventeenth century, there was no existing opera tradition in England. With a libretto based on Virgil’s Aeneid and its music stylistically close to and derived from the typically English ‘Masque’ form (a festive courtly entertainment involving music, dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design) Purcell created a monumental baroque opera. Dido and Aeneas is considered by many to be the most important opera to appear between Claudio Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea and W.A. Mozart’s later masterpieces. Still today it is widely performed and its most famous aria Henry Purcell ‘When I am lead in earth’ (Dido’s lament) arguably can be counted amongst some of the most famous opera arias ever.

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Tito Gobbi: 100th Anniversary Edition

Tito Gobbi: 100th Anniversary Edition

1965–6


Puccini:

Gianni Schicci (excerpts)

Elizabeth Robson (Lauretta), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Zita), John Serge (Rinuccio), Robert Bowman (Gherardo)

Tosca (highlights)

Marie Collier (Tosca), Eric Garrett (Sagrestano), Neil Howlett (Sciarrone), Robert Bowman (Spoletta)

Verdi:

Rigoletto (highlights)

Renata Scotto (Gilda), Denis Wicks (Sparafucile), Neil Howlett (Marullo), David Read (Il Conte di Ceprano)


Tito Gobbi (baritone)

The extracts from these three operas were filmed by the BBC at the height of Tito Gobbi’s operatic career, at a time when he was in demand internationally and in particular at Covent Garden. This DVD is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth in October 2013.

Many viewers will be familiar with the programmes as they were originally broadcast in 1966 as part of the Great Characters in Opera TV series produced for the BBC, comprising 7 hour-long programmes. Gobbi’s portrayal of the three roles featured on this DVD leaves the viewer in no doubt as to why he was so popular on screen (he had appeared in approximately 25 films by the time of his death in 1984).

Gobbi performed the role of Rigoletto on stage more than 400 times during his career – he showed a deep understanding of the role and of all parts he sang, immersing himself totally in the characters and the history and traditions of the period, going so far as to sketch postures and movements as he imagined the soul of each individual. Three such sketches can be seen in the booklet accompanying this DVD, which is written by his daughter, Cecilia Gobbi, president of the Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi and artistic co-producer of this DVD. Produced by Patricia Foy for the BBC.

‘I wanted to understand what the character was feeling, how he laughed and how he wept, his feelings as a jester, and also as a man and a father. I thought a great deal about every single action and phrase because I needed to know him completely to “become” him. Each time I sang this role I lived and suffered his tremendous tragedy.’

(Tito Gobbi on his role as Rigoletto) Gobbi spent 30 years refining his interpretation and understanding of Gianni Schicchi. He first performed in this opera as Betto di Signa in 1939 and went on to sing the title role, working tirelessly and with typical dedication to improve his understanding of the character over the years. He eventually directed the opera in Munich in 1982. Gobbi famously sang the role of Scarpia in the 1964 production of Tosca directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Callas sang the title role, with Act II shown on British television to great acclaim. Gobbi was closely associated with the role of Scarpia, not least because he performed the opera some 900 times, singing Scarpia for the first time in 1939.

This DVD provides an exceptional account of a remarkable singer and actor’s portrayal of three major operatic roles that featured highly throughout his distinguished career.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 81’

Subtitles: E

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/I

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“Though the BBC Television programmes from which these extracts are taken are in black and white, with sets and costumes that nowadays look stagey and old-fashioned, the truthfulness of Gobbi's exhaustively researched portrayals is still impressive.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

“Sound and picture (especially in Tosca) can only be called acceptable but, as an important glimpse of one of the great singing actors of last century, the release is self-recommending.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“In the comic role of Gianni Schicchi, Gobbi shows his capacity for humour...However, it is seeking and hearing Gobbi as Rigoletto that is the real highlight...This is singer-acting as it is rarely seen.” MusicWeb International, 12th February 2014

“Rigoletto is the least successful to the modern eye: it seems hammy and only Gobbi and Renata Scotto’s Gilda offer any dramatic engagement...Gianni Schicchi is the perfect antidote and here Gobbi is fresh, sly and witty – an interpretation that would still look completely at home on today’s stage.” Opera Now ****

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ica classics Legacy - ICAD5118

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore


Plácido Domingo (Manrico), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Leontyne Price (Leonora), Sherrill Milnes (Conte di Luna), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Ferrando), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Ines), Ryland Davies (Ruiz), Stanley Riley (Un vecchio zingaro), Neilson Taylor (Un messo)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Zubin Mehta

With the young Plácido Domingo as a heroic troubadour, Leontyne Price in soaring, sumptuous voice as Leonora, Sherrill Milnes on top baritonal form as the jealous Count and Fiorenza Cossotto simply electrifying as the deranged Azucena, this benchmark recording amply fulfils Caruso’s dictum that all you need for a good Trovatore is “the four greatest singers in the world”. Add Zubin Mehta’s white-hot conducting and you have what the Penguin Guide hails as “one of the most thrilling of all Verdi operas on record”.

“Enrico Caruso famously quipped that a successful Trovatore requires only 'the four greatest singers in the world', and that really is just what Zubin Mehta's assembled on this 1969 studio recording: Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto, Plácido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes are all captured at their absolute best. Stunning on every level.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Jon Vickers (Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen), Jonathan Summers (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), Teresa Cahill (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), Thomas Allen (Ned Keene), Richard Van Allan (Hobson)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis

“the cast is fine and the tension cumulative” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ***

“Sir Colin Davis takes a fundamentally darker, tougher view of Peter Grimes than the composer himself. Jon Vickers's powerful, heroic interpretation sheds keen new light on what arguably remains the greatest of Britten's operas...A genuine bargain.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

“Convincingly dark reading from Covent Garden” The Times, 10th May 2013

Decca Operas - 4785273

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