Opera Choruses is a collection of 35 classic opera choruses, skilfully arranged as separate concert works, all with excellent English singing translations and practical keyboard reductions. The accompanying orchestral material for all titles in the collection is available on hire. Some items from this volume are available separately as leaflets in the Oxford Choral Classics Octavo series.
John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies, including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 he formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers. He now divides his time between composition and conducting and is sought after as a guest conductor for the world's leading choirs and orchestras.
Prisoners' Chorus (Fidelio) ; Roman Carnival (Benvenuto Cellini) ; Habanera and March of the Toreadors (Carmen) ; Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) ; Chorus of Wedding Guests (Lucia di Lammermoor) ; Soldiers' Chorus (Faust) ; Chorus of Enchanted Islanders (Alcina) ; Bell Chorus (Pagliacci) ; Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana) ; Priests' Chorus (Die Zauberflote) ; Voyagers' Chorus (Idomeneo) ; Coronation Scene (Boris Godunov) ; Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly) ; Dido's Lament and Final Chorus (Dido and Aeneas) ; Procession of the Nobles (Mlada) ; Prayer (Moise) ; Villagers' Chorus (Guillaume Tell) ; Waltz Scene and Chorus of Peasant Girls (Eugene Onegin) ; Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco) ; Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore) ; Triumphal Scene (Aida) ; Rataplan (La Forza del Destino) ; Brindisi (La Traviata) ; Chorus of Scottish Refugees (Macbeth) ; Soldiers' Chorus (Il Trovatore) ; Witches' Chorus (Macbeth) ; Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin) ; Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhauser) ; Procession and Chorale (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg) ; Sailors' Chorus and Spinning Chorus (Der Fliegende Hollander) ; Huntsmen's Chorus (Der Freischutz)