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AMBROISE THOMAS  

(1811 - 1896)

The son of a violinist and of a singer, Ambroise Thomas was born in Metz, but moved to Paris after the death of his father, studying at the Conservatoire with Zimmerman, Doulen and the great pianist Kalkbrenner, going on to study composition with Berlioz’s teacher, Lesueur. He won the important Prix de Rome, spending time in Italy and then in Germany, before establishing himself in Paris as a composer of opera, initially with increasing success at the Opéra-Comique, where Mignon, based on Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre was first staged in 1866. Two years later his Hamlet was seen at the Opéra, a substantial work that aroused inevitable criticism in certain circles for its treatment of the original play of Shakespeare, who had already suffered in his earlier Elizabethan potpourri, Un songe d’une nuit d’été. In 1871 he became director of the conservatoire, where he opposed apparent German influence, and was hostile to the teaching and music of César Franck. He also continued to oppose the appointment of Gabriel Fauré, who joined the staff of the conservatoire only after Thomas’s death in 1896. In addition to his operas, he left sacred and secular vocal music, with orchestral and instrumental compositions.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
GIANNINI, Dusolina: Arias and Duets (1943-1944) Naxos Historical
8.110145
Opera
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 5: New York Recordings (1927-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110266
Opera
GREAT SINGERS (1904-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110781-82
Opera
HAYDN, J.: String Quartet No. 66 / SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Quintet in E Major / RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major / HALLER: String Quartet No. 3 Divox
CDX-25210-2
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (1914-1916) Naxos Historical
8.112064
Vocal
MELBA, Nellie: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1909-1910) Naxos Historical
8.110335
Opera
MELBA, Nellie: American Recordings, Vol. 1 (1907) Naxos Historical
8.110334
Opera
MELBA, Nellie: London Recordings (1904) Naxos Historical
8.110737
Opera
MELBA, Nellie: Paris and London Recordings (1908-1913) Naxos Historical
8.110743
Opera
Opera Arias (arr. for flute, oboe and piano) - DELIBES, L. / PUCCINI, G. / OFFENBACH, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MOZART, W.A. (Zukerman, Vogel, Helmrich) Delos
DE3209
Chamber Music
Opera Arias (Baritone): Bonelli, Richard - AMBROISE, T. / MASSENET, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. / WAGNER, R. (1934-1946) Delos
DE5502
Opera
Opera Arias (Baritone): Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / WAGNER, R. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. Delos
DE3365
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Monte, Toti dal - MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. / BELLINI, V. / DONIZETTI, G. (A Tribute) (1924-1941) Newton Classics
NC8802170
Opera
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110961
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 4 (Historic Soloists and William F. Santelmann) Altissimo
75442261972
Opera
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Overtures, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442270992
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Santelmann, Vol. 10 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263232
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SCHIPA, Tito: Complete Victor Recordings (The), Vol. 1 (1922-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110332
Opera
SCHUMANN, Elisabeth: Early Recordings (1915-1923) Naxos Historical
8.111098
Opera
STUPENDA (LA) - The Glory of Joan Sutherland (Opera Australia, 1977-1990) (6 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4029D
Opera DVD
SUTHERLAND, PAVAROTTI, BONYNGE GALA CONCERT (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4010D
Opera DVD
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.572378
Chamber Music
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1919-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110729
Opera
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Overtures Altissimo
75442260172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Komsi, Anu - GLIERE, R. / THOMAS, A. / DELIBES, L. / ALYABIEV, A.A. / MOZART, W.A. / SIBELIUS, J. (Coloratura) BIS
BIS-1962
Opera




 
 
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