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Jarmila Novotná - Star Of The Metropolitan Opera

Novotna,Jarmila
Release Date: 01/20/2004 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 7005  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJacques OffenbachGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Jarmila NovotnáEzio PinzaAlexander KipnisRaoul Jobin,   ... 
Conductor:  Arturo ToscaniniPaul BreisachBruno WalterErich Wolfgang Korngold,   ... 

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2 Documentary films on DVD along with an additonal 70 minutes of music.

The legendary soprano Jarmila Novotná (1907-1994), longtime soloist of New York's Metropolitan Opera House, but also a Hollywood film star, ranks among those distinguished individuals whose whole lives have been filled to the brim with work in art. Her beautiful, light, sparkling soprano, coupled with a formidable dramatic talent and a dazzling stage presence were the principal reasons underlying Jarmila Novotná´s dizzyingly steep international career. In 1928 she triumphed as Gilda in Verona's Arena, and from 1933 - 1939 was engaged as soloist by the Vienna State Opera. Following her American debut at San Francisco came, in
Read more 1940, an engagement in the Metropolitan Opera, whose soloist she remained until 1956. After the Second World War she made repeated comeback tours of Europe, singing at Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, and before the 1948 communist coup also at Prague. The current DVD devoted to Jarmila Novotná contains two documentaries on her life and work; a digitally re-mastered recording of her rendition of folk songs with the piano accompaniment of Jan Masaryk; and a similarly updated collection of her 1940s readings of famous operatic arias. The soundtracks are illustrated by copious pictorial material from the artist's archives
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Works on This Recording

1. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Breisach
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4. Don Giovanni, K 527: Ah, chi mi dice mai by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano), Ezio Pinza (Bass), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
5. Don Giovanni, K 527: Ah, fuggi il traditor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
6. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Phoebus stolz im sonnenwagen by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
7. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Every Dream that russels the trees by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
8. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Elle a fui, la tourterelle! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
9. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Voyez L'etrange fantasie! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano), Raoul Jobin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
10. La traviata: E strano! E strano! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano), Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ettore Panizza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
11. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
12. La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
13. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
14. La Bohème: Mimi! Speravo di trovarvi qui by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano), Martial Singher (Baritone)
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
15. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
16. Songs Of Lidice - 15 Czech National Songs arranged by Jan Masaryk by Traditional
Performer:  Jan Masaryk (Piano), Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)

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