The Essential Paul Plishka

A Listmania! list by Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
The list author says: "Paul Plishka is one of the greatest basses of his generation."
Verdi: Don Carlo - James Levine Metropolitan Opera Exclusive DVD
1.  Verdi: Don Carlo - James Levine Metropolitan Opera Exclusive DVD 
The list author says:
  "1980:  The list author believes Philippe II was Paul Plishka's greatest role.  While he did not resemble the great Catholic monarch of history, he triumphs in the complex role, here in John Dexter's severe, magnificent production, with Renata Scotto as a great Élisabeth de Valois."
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Falstaff
2.  Falstaff DVD ~ Mirella Freni
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  "1992:  Plishka is a grand delight as the errant knight, surrounded by a fine cast but a disappointingly-provincial production."
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Simon Boccanegra
3.  Simon Boccanegra DVD ~ Sherrill Milnes
The list author says:
  "1984:  Jacopo Fiesco was another of Plishka's finest roles, as the title role was for Sherrill Milnes, in Tito Capobianco's highly-impressive, grand production."
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Donizetti: Anna Bolena. Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel
4.  Donizetti: Anna Bolena. Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel by G. Donizetti
The list author says:
  "1972:  This was Plishka's first major recording, in which he replaced the announced Norman Treigle as the arch-villain Enrico VIII, alongside the marvelous Beverly Sills and Shirley Verrett."
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Bellini - I Puritani
5.  Bellini - I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
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  "1973:  What a fantastic cast!  Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Louis Quilico, and Plishka soar through 'I puritani' to astonishing effect, with Julius Rudel conducting.  Magnificent!"
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Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov
6.  Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
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  "1987:  Plishka has recently called the role of the Orthodox monk Pimenn one of his best, and here is the auricular proof, starring opposite Ruggero Raimondi and the amazing Galina Vishnevskaya."
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Bellini: Norma
7.  Bellini: Norma by Beverly Sills
The list author says:
  "1973:  This was James Levine's first important recording, with Sills a stunning and controversial Norma, and Plishka as a moving Oroveso."
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Bellini: Norma
8.  Bellini: Norma by Renata Scotto
The list author says:
  "1979:  Six years later, the bass essayed Oroveso again for the studio, now with Scotto as the most musical--and controversial--of Normas.  (Would either of these sets had contracted a lyric soprano as Adalgisa....)"
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Forza Del Destino
9.  Forza Del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "1986:  A definitive recording led by the great Riccardo Muti, with Plácido Domingo and Plishka leading an extraordinary cast for EMI."
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La Boheme: Highlights
10.  La Boheme: Highlights by Giacomo Puccini
The list author says:
  "1979:  This set is possibly the finest of studio recordings of the beloved 'La bohčme,' with Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, Carol Neblett, Milnes, Plishka, and Matteo Manuguerra.  Marvelous!"
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Puccini: La Boheme
11.  Puccini: La Boheme DVD ~ Renata Scotto
The list author says:
  "1977:  Here is the historic first telecast of 'Live From the Met,' with Scotto and Maralin Niska as Mimě and Musetta, respectively.  Plishka, as Colline, was introduced to an immense audience through this presentation."
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress- An Opera in 3 Acts
12.  Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress- An Opera in 3 Acts by Raymond Aceto
The list author says:
  "c.1996:  While Robert Craft's 1993 recording of 'The Rake's Progress' (with Jayne West) must be regarded as definitive, Plishka here gives us the finest Nick Shadow on record."
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Verdi Requiem
13.  Verdi Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "1980:  Plishka has recorded this epic masterpiece on more than one occasion, but here is arguably the finest of his efforts, with Montserrat Caballé, Berini, and Domingo."
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Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogony - Met Exclusive DVD
14.  Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogony - Met Exclusive DVD 
The list author says:
  "1979:  The great Dexter's production is a masterpiece, with an ideal cast in Teresa Stratas, Astrid Varnay, Richard Cassilly, Ragnar Ulfung, and Cornell MacNeil."
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Verdi - Stiffelio
15.  Verdi - Stiffelio DVD ~ Placido Domingo
The list author says:
  "1993:  Plishka gives us another excellent performance, opposite Domingo in the name part."
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Rossini - La Cenerentola / Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza, Paolo Montarsolo, Claudio Desderi, Laura Zannini, Claudio Abbado
16.  Rossini - La Cenerentola / Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza, Paolo Montarsolo, Claudio Desderi, Laura Zannini, Claudio Abbado DVD ~ Frederica von Stade
The list author says:
  "1981:  Plishka is luxury casting as the philosopher Alidoro.  Frederica von Stade cannot make one forget the great singing-actress Susanne Marsee in the title role, but nevertheless sings beautifully, and Francisco Araiza is a sensation as Don Ramiro, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's charming film."
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Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
Qualifications: Musician, and author of "Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle."
Last updated: 6/27/14
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