Lebendige Vergangenheit - Elena Nikolaidi

Release Date: 3/25/2003
Catalog Number: 89566
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi
Number of Discs: 1

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Elena Nikolaidi (not to be confused with the Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Elena Nicolai) is of Greek extraction, although she spent her early childhood in the Turkish city of Smyrna. In 1922, her family moved to the island of Lesbos. Her father, a professor of Byzantine music, had insisted she begin learning music as a child, and at the age of 15, she won a scholarship to study at the Athens Conservatory. She made her formal debut in a concert conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, who was then in charge of the Conservatory orchestra. She soon received a scholarship which allowed her to go to Vienna to study. She was offered a spot in the State Opera, but then came the War. For the first few years after the War, she stayed on in Vienna, but then, with her husband, she emigrated to the United States. In 1950/51, she joined the Met where she remained for five seasons. In the early sixties, she retired from the stage but continued to teach. Today, "Niki" as her friends and students call her, still remains one of the most sought after singing teachers in America. Sadly, her failing eyesight has recently forced her to give up most of her teaching commitments, but she remains a shrewd and passionate observer of and commentator on the musical developments of the day.
Works on This Recording
1. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
2. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
3. Il trovatore: Stride la vampa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
4. Un ballo in maschera: Re dell' abisso, affrettati by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
5. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 ;
6. Elektra, Op. 58: Ich will nichts hören by Richard Strauss
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1908 ; Germany
7. Ridente la calma, K 152 (210a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1772-1775 ; Italy
8. Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 27, Pastoral Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794 ; London, England
9. Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
14. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
15. Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Betörte, die an meine Liebe glaubt by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822-1823 ; Dresden, Germany
16. Songs (5), Op. 72 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Elena Nikolaidi (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876-1877 ; Austria
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