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Gay: The Beggar's Opera
Gay: The Beggar's Opera (Decca 442 8629)
SKU: 15204
AU $17.86

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 8629 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2
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In 1981 Richard Bonynge, together with an illustrious cast of singers (Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, et. al.) and actors (Angela Lansbury, Warren Mitchell, Michael Hordern, et. al.) went into Kingsway Hall for a recording of a new edition (by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley) of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Written in 1728, it is a ballad opera in three acts (Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.) Running for 62 consecutive performances, the piece notched up a record the longest run in theatre history up to that time. Unlike other existing recordings of The Beggar's Opera, this new performing edition features opera stars alongside great actors as well as a full-size (double woodwind) orchestra. One of the most sought after of Sutherland/Bonynge collaborations, the original CD has long been out of print and here reappears with the original liner notes as well as the full libretto.

A Decca Eloquence 2-CD set with 40-pp booklet.

To be released 20 August 2010.

Artists: Graham Clarke, Stafford Dean, John Gibbs, Michael Hordern, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Lansbury, Alfred Marks, Warren Mitchell, James Morris, Ann Murray, Regina Resnik, Joan Sutherland, Ann Wilkens.
Composers: John Gay.
Conductors: Richard Bonynge.
Orchestras: National Philharmonic Orchestra.
JOHN GAY (?1685-1732)


New performing version by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley.
Orchestrated by Douglas Gamley.
The spoken text has been adapted and directed for this recording by Anthony Besch.

MattGraham Clarke
LockitStafford Dean
Jemmy TwitcherJohn Gibbs
The PlayerMichael Hordern
Polly PeachumKiri Te Kanawa
Mrs. PeachumAngela Lansbury
Mr. PeachumAlfred Marks
The JailerAlfred Marks
The BeggarWarren Mitchell
The DrawerWarren Mitchell
MacheathJames Morris
Jenny DiverAnn Murray
Mrs. TrapesRegina Resnik
FilchAnthony Rolfe Johnson
Lucy LockitJoan Sutherland
Dolly TrullAnn Wilkens

London Opera Chorus
Chorus director: Terry Edwards
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

Assistant conductor: Douglas Gamley
Repetiteur: Sharolyn Kimmorley
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 15204
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 8629
Price: AU $17.86   

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