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Joseph Keilberth
Joseph Keilberth
Joseph Keilberth
(19 April 1908 – 20 July 1968) was a German conductor who specialised in opera. He started his career in the State Theatre of his native city, Karlsruhe. In 1940 he became director of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. Near the end of World War II, he was appointed principal conductor of the venerable Saxon State Opera Orchestra in Dresden. In 1949 he became chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, formed mainly of German musicians expelled from postwar Czechoslovakia under the Beneš decrees. He died in Munich in 1968 after collapsing while conducting Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde
Tristan und Isolde
in exactly the same place as Felix Mottl
Felix Mottl
was similarly fatally stricken in 1911
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Conducting
Conducting
Conducting
is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert
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Lohengrin (opera)
Lohengrin, WWV 75, is a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German romance, notably the Parzival
Parzival
of Wolfram von Eschenbach
Wolfram von Eschenbach
and its sequel, Lohengrin, written by a different author, itself inspired by the epic of Garin le Loherain. It is part of the Knight of the Swan
Knight of the Swan
tradition. The opera has inspired other works of art. King Ludwig II of Bavaria named his fairy-tale castle "New Swan Castle", or "Neuschwanstein", after the Swan Knight
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AllMusic
AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide. The largest music database on the web, it catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks. It was launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.[2][3]Contents1 History 2 The All Music Guide series 3 Reception 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] AllMusic was launched as All Music Guide by Michael Erlewine, a "compulsive archivist, noted astrologer, Buddhist scholar and musician." He became interested in using computers for his astrological work in the mid-'70s, and founded a software company, Matrix, in 1977. In the early '90s, as CDs replaced vinyl as the prevalent format for recorded music, Erlewine purchased what he thought was a CD of early recordings by Little Richard
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Winterthur
Winterthur
Winterthur
(/ˈvɪntərtʊər/, German pronunciation: [ˈvɪntɐtuːɐ̯]; French: Winterthour) is a city in the canton of Zürich
Zürich
in northern Switzerland. It has the country's sixth-largest population, estimated at over 108,000 people, and the ninth largest agglomeration with about 138,000 inhabitants.[3] Today Winterthur
Winterthur
is a service and high-tech industry centre, but many people make use of its proximity to Zürich, which lies approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) to the south-west, and only 22 minutes by train. The official language of Winterthur
Winterthur
is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect
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Austrian Cross Of Honour For Science And Art, 1st Class
The Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
(German: Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst) is a state decoration of the Republic of Austria
Austria
and forms part of the national honours system of that country.Contents1 History 2 Divisions2.1 Decoration for Science and Art 2.2 Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class 2.3 Cross of Honour for Science and Art3 Precedence 4 Recipients4.1 Decoration for Science and Art 4.2 Cross (and Cross 1st Class) 4.3 Forfeiture5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] The "Austrian Decoration for Science and Art" was established by the National Council as an honour for scientific or artistic achievements by Federal Law of May 1955 (Federal Law Gazette No. 96/1955 as amended BGBl I No 128/2001)
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Bavarian Order Of Merit
The Bavarian Order of Merit
Bavarian Order of Merit
(German: Bayerischer Verdienstorden) is the Order of Merit of the Free State of Bavaria. It is awarded by the Minister-President of Bavaria
Minister-President of Bavaria
as a "recognition of outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria
Bavaria
and the Bavarian people".[1] The order was instituted by law on 11 June 1957
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Order Of The Phoenix (Greece)
Order of George I (Kingdom) Order of Honour (Republic today)Next (lower) Order of BeneficenceRibbon bar of the Silver Cross of the Order of the PhoenixThe Order of the Phoenix (Greek: Τάγμα του Φοίνικος) is an order of Greece, established on May 13, 1926, by the republican government of the Second Hellenic Republic
Second Hellenic Republic
to replace the defunct Royal Order of George I. The order was retained after the restoration of the monarchy in 1935 and continues to be awarded by the current Third Republic. The honour is bestowed by the Greek government to Greek citizens who have excelled in the arts and literature, science, public administration, shipping, commerce, and industry
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National Prize Of The German Democratic Republic
The National Prize of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) (German: Nationalpreis der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik) was an award of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) given out in three different classes for scientific, artistic, and other meritorious achievement. With scientific achievements, it was often given to entire research groups rather than individual scientists.Contents1 History 2 Notable recipients 3 Bibliography 4 ReferencesHistory[edit] The National Prize was awarded on 7 October, "Day of the Republic" (German: Tag der Republik) every year since 1949
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Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe
(German pronunciation: [ˈkaɐ̯lsˌʁuːə] ( listen); formerly Carlsruhe[citation needed]) is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany, near the French-German border. It has a population of 307,755. The city is the seat of the two highest courts in Germany: the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice
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Fritz Wunderlich
Friedrich "Fritz" Karl Otto Wunderlich (26 September 1930 – 17 September 1966) was a German lyric tenor, famed for his singing of the Mozart repertory and various lieder. He died in an accident when he was only 35.Contents1 Biography 2 Recordings 3 Accidental death 4 Notes 5 External linksBiography[edit] Wunderlich was born in Kusel
Kusel
in the Palatinate, Germany. His mother was a violinist and his father was a choirmaster. For a short time, the family kept the inn "Emrichs Bräustübl" (Emrich's Brewing Cottage). Fritz's father lost his job due to pressure imposed upon him by local Nazis, in addition to suffering from a severe battlefield injury. He committed suicide when Fritz was five years old. He mastered several instruments while still a schoolboy and when he entered the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
in 1950, his principal study was the horn
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The Barber Of Seville
The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione [il barˈbjɛːre di siˈviʎʎa osˈsiːa liˈnuːtile prekautˈtsjoːne]) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini
Gioachino Rossini
with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.[1] Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe"
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Lisa Della Casa
Lisa Della Casa (2 February 1919 – 10 December 2012) was a Swiss
Swiss
soprano most admired for her interpretations of major heroines in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
and Richard Strauss, and of German lieder. She was also described as “the most beautiful woman on the operatic stage”.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Daughter's health crises 3 Later career 4 Death 5 Decorations and awards 6 References 7 Sources 8 External linksBiography[edit] Della Casa was born in Burgdorf, Switzerland
Burgdorf, Switzerland
to an Italian-Swiss father, Francesco Della Casa, and a Bavarian-born mother, Margarete Mueller. She began studying singing at the age of 15 at the Zurich Conservatory, and her teachers included Margarete Haeser.[2] She made her operatic debut in the title role of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Solothurn-Biel Municipal Theater in 1940
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Arabella
Arabella, Op. 79, is a lyric comedy or opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, their sixth and last operatic collaboration.Contents1 Performance history 2 Roles 3 Synopsis3.1 Act 1 3.2 Act 2 3.3 Act 34 Instrumentation 5 Recordings 6 References 7 External linksPerformance history[edit] It was first performed on 1 July 1933 at the Dresden Sächsisches Staatstheater. The opera received its premiere in the UK on 17 May 1934 at London's Royal Opera
Opera
House.[1] Two decades later, on 10 February 1955, it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera
Opera
in New York with Eleanor Steber
Eleanor Steber
in the title role. The Met has given 58 performances of the work since that date.[2] In 2008, the production by Opera
Opera
Australia won the Helpmann Award for Best Opera
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Carl Maria Von Weber
Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (18 or 19 November 1786 – 5 June 1826)[1][2] was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist[3] and critic, and was one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe
Euryanthe
and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz
Der Freischütz
came to be regarded as the first German "nationalist" opera, Euryanthe
Euryanthe
developed the Leitmotif
Leitmotif
technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures
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Hermann Prey
Hermann Prey ([praɪ] Berlin, 11 July 1929 – Krailling, 22 July 1998) was a German lyric baritone, who was equally at home in the Lied, operatic and concert repertoires. His American debut was in November 1952, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy, and his American recital debut took place in 1956, at New York's Carnegie Hall. As a Lieder singer, he was a gifted interpreter of Schubert, including his song-cycles Die schöne Müllerin
Die schöne Müllerin
and Die Winterreise and the collection of songs Schwanengesang, but also of Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
and Gustav Mahler. He also appeared frequently as a soloist in Bach's Passions and Brahms' A German Requiem. Biography[edit] Hermann Prey was born in Berlin
Berlin
and grew up in Germany. He was scheduled to be drafted when World War II ended
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