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OTTO NICOLAI  

(1810 - 1849)

A native of Königsberg, Otto Nicolai was educated largely in Berlin, through the intervention of a sympathetic patron, and made a name for himself there, without great material success. A period in Rome as organist at the Prussian Embassy aroused his interest in opera, an enthusiasm he was able to pursue at the Court Opera in Vienna, finally, in the year before his death, achieving the position of director of the Berlin Cathedral Choir and Kapellmeister of the Berlin Opera.

Operas

Nicolai is best known for his opera based on Shakespeare’s comedy Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor), rejected by the opera in Vienna, but first performed in Berlin in March 1849, two months before Nicolai’s early death. The opera occupies an important position in German Romantic operatic repertoire.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF OPERA (The) (2nd expanded edition) Naxos Educational
8.558216-17
Opera
BERLINER LUFT: Gala Concert (A) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100094
Classical Concert
Choral Music - BORTNIANSKY, D. / SCHUBERT, F. / BRUCKNER, A. / BRUCH, M. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SILCHER, F. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C67136-38
Opera
Choral Music (100 Masterpieces) Capriccio
C49565
Opera
CLASSIC MOODS - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / MASSENET, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / BIZET, G. / SAINT-SAENS / WAGNER, R. / OFFENBACH, J. Capriccio
C18410
Opera
FAMOUS OPERA CHORUSES Naxos
8.571078
Choral - Secular
FOUR CENTURIES OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC SWR Classic
CD93.114
Choral - Sacred
GALA FROM BERLIN - Grand Finale (Abbado) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107166
Classical Concert
German Operatic Choruses Naxos
8.550507
Opera
GERMAN ROMANTIC OVERTURES Naxos
8.550146
Orchestral
GREAT COMEDY OVERTURES (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel) Naxos
8.573418
Orchestral
GREAT COMEDY OVERTURES (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel) (Blu-ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0043
Orchestral
Harp and Piano Recital: Duo Praxedis - EILENBERG, R. GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / LEHÁR, F. / NICOLAI, O. / ROSSINI, G. (From Praxedis With Love) Paladino Music
PMR0080
Chamber Music
NICOLAI, O.: Merry Wives of Windsor (The) [Opera] Capriccio
C60094
Opera
NICOLAI, O.: Orchestral Music (Jurowski) Capriccio
C10592
Orchestral
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (THE) Narrated by Stephen Fry Naxos
8.570331
Choral - Sacred
Opera Arias: Schmitt, Maximilian - FLOTOW, F. von / LORTZING, A. / MARSCHNER, H. / NICOLAI, O. / SCHUBERT, F. (How Friendly the Day Shines) Oehms Classics
OC1836
Opera
OPERA UDEN ORD (Opera without Words) Naxos
8.570711
Orchestral
OPERA WITHOUT WORDS - The Most Famous Overtures, Preludes, and Interludes in Opera Naxos
8.557945-46
Orchestral
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Overtures, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442270992
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital (Tenor): Wunderlich, Fritz - MILLÖCKER, C. / LORTZING, A. / NICOLAI, O. / LEHÁR, F. / STRAUSS II, J. / FALL, L. / STOLZ, R. BR-Klassik
900314
Opera




 
 
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