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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 
A TO Z OF SINGERS Naxos Educational
8.558097-100
Opera
BATTISTINI, Mattia: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1: 1902-1911 Romophone
82008-2
Opera
BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 3 (French National Orchestra, Bernstein) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
746904
Classical Concert
BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / ROUSSEL, A.: Symphony No. 3 (French National Orchestra, Bernstein) (NTSC) C Major
746808
Classical Concert
BORI, Lucrezia: Victor Recordings, 1925-37 Romophone
81017-2
Opera
CLEMENT, Edmond: Complete Pathe Recordings 1916-1925 Romophone
82016-2
Opera
DESTINN, Emmy: Complete Victor Recordings 1914-1921 Romophone
81002-2
Opera
FARRAR, Geraldine: Complete Victor Recordings 1907-1909 Romophone
81036-2
Opera
GALLI-CURCI, Amelita: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Vol. 1, 1916-20 Romophone
81003-2
Opera
GALLI-CURCI, Amelita: Victor Recordings 1925-28 Romophone
81020-2
Opera
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 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
GREAT SINGERS (1904-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110781-82
Opera
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
MUZIO, Claudia: Complete Pathe Recordings 1917-1918 Romophone
81010-2
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): Elmark, Susanne - PUCCINI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / THOMAS, A. / VERDI, G. / MOZART, W.A. / HANDEL, G.F. (Arier - Ch'il bel Sogno) Naxos
8.573699
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Gruberová, Edita - MOZART. W.A. / STRAUSS, R. / BELLINI, V. / CHERUBINI, L. / THOMAS, A. Orfeo
C101841A
Opera
Orchestral Music - BIZET, G. / DONIZETTI, G. / VERDI, G. / WEBER, C.M. / CATALANI, A. / SUPPE, F. / BERLIOZ, H. (A Toscanini Omnibus) (1940-1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80363-64
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - ROSSINI, G. / OFFENBACH, J. / SMETANA, B. / LISZT, F. (Ormandy) (1953-1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80324
Orchestral
PLANCON, Pol: Complete Victor Recordings 1903-1908 Romophone
82001-2
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: On Tour Altissimo
75442261712
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
SCHUMANN-HEINK, Ernestine: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1: 1900-1909 Romophone
81029-2
Opera
SEMBRICH, Marcella: Victor Recordings 1904-08 Romophone
81026-2
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
TETRAZZINI, Luisa: Complete Zonophone 1904 and Victor Recordings 1911-1920 Romophone
81025-2
Opera
THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) Naxos
NBD0103V
Opera DVD
THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110640
Opera DVD
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Overtures Altissimo
75442260172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Corena, Fernando - ROSSINI, G. / CIMAROSA, D. / THOMAS, A. / SAINT-SAENS, C. (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80385
Opera
Vocal Recital: Nakajima, Akiko - MARTINI, J.-P.-É. / SCARLATTI, A. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / BELLINI, V. / AUBER, D.-F. / CAGNONI, A. / MERCADANTE, S. Dynamic
CDS556
Vocal




 
 
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