Julius Rudel

Biography

Born: March 6, 1921   Died: June 26, 2014; New York, NY  
Julius Rudel was one of the best-known American conductors and musical administrators mainly associated with operatic performances. As a child, he was deeply attracted to music, regularly attended the Vienna Philharmonic concerts and saw some of the great conductors of the age, including Knappertsbusch, Furtwängler, and Walter. He began his formal musical studies at the Academy of Music in Vienna. At the time of the Nazi occupation of Read more Austria, he left the country and completed his musical studies at Mannes School of Music in New York, graduating in 1943. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1944.

After graduation, he was hired on the musical staff of the New York City Opera, where he helped prepare performances. His debut as a professional conductor was with the NYCO on November 25, 1944. He remained with the NYCO for 35 years, becoming its principal conductor and general director in 1957. Under his leadership, the company came to be respected as one of the leading opera companies of the United States. One of his most astute decisions was in engaging soprano Beverly Sills as its leading singer. Rudel already had an interest in opera written before the time of Mozart and in the then-neglected era of Italian bel canto opera. Operas of Handel, Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini were frequently represented on the NYCO stage. Their style was also well-suited to the abilities of Sills and her frequent partner, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and made the New York City Opera's seasons more exciting than the standard fare offered by the rival Metropolitan Opera Company (which became the NYCO's neighbor at the Lincoln Center in the 1960s). A feature of his seasons was a strong support for American operas.

During his tenure at the NYCO, Rudel also often conducted in major opera centers in Vienna, Munich, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Rome, London, Hamburg, Berlin, and even the Met. He was also the first music director of the Kennedy Center in Washington and of the Wolf Trap Festival. He has been music director of the Cincinnati May Festival and the Caramoor Festival.

He left the City Opera in 1979 in order to have more time for symphonic conducting. He accepted a position as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and frequently conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York, with which he has recorded works of Weill, Schubert, and Mozart on the MusicMasters label. He also conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and others. Meanwhile, he has continued as an opera conductor, appearing at the Met, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Bastille Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, and the Deutsche Oper of Berlin.

He made a number of successful opera recordings and has been nominated for Grammy Awards several times, winning once. In 1961, his home nation of Austria presented him a special award for his service to arts and sciences. He is also a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France, recipient of awards from Israel and Germany, and holder of several honorary doctorates. In 1996, New York City proclaimed his 75th birthday "Julius Rudel Day," which Rudel himself observed by conducting Madame Butterfly at the Met. Read less

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Born: March 6, 1921   Died: June 26, 2014; New York, NY  
Julius Rudel was one of the best-known American conductors and musical administrators mainly associated with operatic performances. As a child, he was deeply attracted to music, regularly attended the Vienna Philharmonic concerts and saw some of the great conductors of the age, including Knappertsbusch, Furtwängler, and Walter. He began his formal musical studies at the Academy of Music in Vienna. At the time of the Nazi occupation of Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Rigoletto (1996 Remastered Version), Act 3: La donna è mobile (Duca)
Rigoletto, Act 3: La donna è mobile
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile
Wien, Wien, nur du allein
Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (2002 Digital Remaster)
Prélude
"Glou! glou! glou! glou!" with monologue by la Muse
Le conseiller Lindorf, morbleu!
Dans les rôles d'amoureux langoureux
"Deux heures devant moi!"
"Drig, drig, drig, maître Luther"
"Vive Dieu! mes amis, la belle créature!"
"Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach" (La légende de Kleinzach)
"Peuh! cette bière est détestable!"
Simple échange de politesses!
Entr'acte
Là! dors en paix
"Allons! courage et confiance!"
Par Dieu! j'étais bien sur
"C'est moi, Coppélius"
J'ai des yeux, de vrais yeux
Hein! Vous?
"Non, aucun hôte vraiment"
"Les oiseaux dans la charmille"
"Ah! mon ami, quel accent!"
"Ils se sont éloignés, enfin!"
"Tu me fuis?"
"Voici les valseurs!"
Barcarolle "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"
Et moi, ce n'est pas là
Amis, l'amour tendre et rêveur, erreur!
Je vois qu'on est en fête
Scintille, diamant
Cher ange
Malheureux, tu ne comprends donc pas
Schlémil!
Hélas, mon coeur s'égare encore
Ecoutez, messieurs
Entr'acte
Elle a fui, la tourtelle
Malheureuse enfant
Jour et nuit je me mets en quatre
Frantz!... C'est ici!
C'est une chanson d'amour qui s'envole
J'ai le bonheur dans l'âme!
Qu'as-tu donc?
Pour conjurer le danger
Ne plus chanter!
Tu ne chanteras plus?
Chère enfant! que j'appelle
Mon enfant! ma fille!
Entr'acte
Voilà quelle fut l'histoire de mes amours
Vidons les tonneaux!
Et moi? Moi la fidèle amie
Non, ivre mort
Preludio
All'erta! All'erta! L'alba appari
O di Cromwell guerrieri
A festa! A festa!
Or dove fuggo mai?
Ah! per sempre io ti perdei
O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!
Chi mosso a' miei desir il genitor?
Odi... Qual suon si desta?
Ad Arturo onore
A te, o cara
Il rito augusto si compia senza me
Cavalier! - Se t'è duopo il consiglio
Son vergin vezzosa
Ferma! Invan, invan rapir pretendi
Dov'è Arturo?
Oh! vieni al tempio
Ma tu già mi fuggi?
Ah dolor! Ah terror!
Qual novella - Cinta di fiori
E di morte lo stral non sarà lento
O rendetemi le speme...Qui la voce
Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna
Il rival salvar tu dêi
Riccardo! Riccardo! Il duol che sì m'accora
Son salvo, alfin son salvo
A una fonte afflitto e solo
Qual suon!... Alcun s'appressa"
Fini ... me lassa!
Vieni, vieni fra questa braccia
Ancor s'ascolta questa suon molesto
Cavalier, ti colse il Dio punitor
Credeasi, misera!
Suon d'araldi?
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: Preludio (Orchestra)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: Ave, Signor degli angeli e dei santi (La falangi celesti)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: Ave, Signor (Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: I' noto Faust?... Il pi bizzarro pazzo ch'io mi conosca (Coro mysticus/Mefistofele) Sanctus! Sanctus! (La falangi celesti)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: Siam nimbi volanti dai limbi (Cherubini/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Prologue: Salve, Regina! (Le penitenti/Falangi celesti/Cherubini)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Perch di l? (Coro)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Al soave raggiar di primavera (Faust/Wagner)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Juhé! Juhé! Juheisa! Juhé! (Coro)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Sediam sovra quel sasso (Faust/Wagner/Coro)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Dai campi, dai prati (Faust/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Son lo Spirito che nega (Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Strano figlio del Caos (Faust/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Se tu mi doni un'ora di riposo (Faust/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Fin da stanotte (Mefistofele/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Cavaliero illustre e saggio (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele/Marta)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Dimmi, se credi, Enrico, nella religione...Non vo'turber le fedi delle coscienze buone (Margherita/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Dio clemente, nuova, ignara son del mondo...E l'analito superno...Ah! Davver? n in trappola cadeste ancor?..No so, credetelo, che sia l'amore (Margherita/Faust/Marta/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Su, cammina, cammina, cammina (Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Folletto (Faust/Mefistofele/Coro/Streghe/Stregoni)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Popoli! E scettro e clamide non date al Re sovrano? (Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Ecco il mondo? (Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Stupor! Stupor! (Faust/Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: L'altra notte in fondo al mane (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Dio di piet! (Margherita/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Lontano, lontano, lontano (Margherita/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Sorge il d (Mefistofele/Margherita/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Spunta...l'aurora pallida (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele/Falangi celesti)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: La luna immobile innonda (Elena/Pantalis/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: Ecco la notte del classico Sabba (Mefistofele/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: Ah! Trionfi ad Elena (Coretidi)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: Notte cupa, truce, senza fine, funbrei (Elena/Coretidi)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: Forma ideal purissima della bellezza eternal (Faust/Elena/Mefistofele/Pantalis/Nereo/Coretidi)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Epilogue: Cammina, cammina...superbo pensier...O rimembranza! (Mefistofele/Faust)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Epilogue: Giunto sul passo estremo (Faust/Mefistofele)
Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Epilogue: All'erta! All'erta! (Mefistofele/Faust/Falangi celesti/Cherubini)


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