Godfathers Of Opera

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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Questo o quella
>     La donna è mobile
>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>     Donna non vidi mai
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>     Largo al factotum
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>     Una furtiva lagrima
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>     O amore, bella luce
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Che gelida manina
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Recondita armonia
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Tagliaferri, Ernesto : Passione
>Valente, Nicola : Addio, mia bella Napoli
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : La serenata
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha
>     M'appari
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>     Brindisi. Libiamo ne'lieti calci
>     Lunge da lei-de' miei bollenti spiriti
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Toreador's Song. Votre Toast
>     Flower Song. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Se quell guerrier io fossi!... Celeste
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Cielo e mar
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly
>     Addio, fiorito asil
>Gastaldon, Stanislao : Musica Probita
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'arlesiana
>     E la solita storia del pastore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>     Ah si, ben mio coll'essere
>     Di quella pira l'orrendo foco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem
>     Ingemisco
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Au fond du temple saint

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Tagliaferri, Ernesto : Passione
>Valente, Nicola : Addio, mia bella Napoli
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : La serenata
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly
>Gastaldon, Stanislao : Musica Probita
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'arlesiana
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Everyone needs a Godfather to look up to and today's crop of young singers need only review the pantheon of greats that came before them. The list reads like a veritable "who's who" of recorded music. They are the legendary talents and each name evokes respect and a place in our hearts. We all know them and they include Luciano Pavarotti (the King of the High C's), Enrico Caruso (the Greatest of them All), Robert Merrill (the Voice of the NY Yankees!) along with Placido Domingo, Beniamino Gigli, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Franco Corelli, Jose Carreras to name but a few. EMI is proud to present the ultimate lineup of singing stars who truly are The Godfathers of Opera. This 2-CD set features the greatest opera arias and Neapolitan songs ever written all performed by the vocalists who made them great. So put up a pot of gravy, open a bottle of Chianti, sit back and enjoy - and don't forget the canolis!



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Questo o quella
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Raffaele Mingardo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia :: Largo al factotum
  • Performer: Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Walter Goehr
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz :: O amore, bella luce
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: G.M. Guarino
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Tagliaferri, Ernesto : Passione
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Franco Ferraris
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Valente, Nicola : Addio, mia bella Napoli
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Franco Ferraris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : La serenata
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: G.M. Guarino
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha :: M'appari
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performers: Enrico Caruso; Ruggero Leoncavallo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Raffaele Mingardo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Brindisi. Libiamo ne'lieti calci
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Toreador's Song. Votre Toast
  • Performer: Robert Massard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Raffaele Mingardo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quell guerrier io fossi!... Celeste
  • Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Flower Song. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jacques Delacôte
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Cielo e mar
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Franco Ferraris
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly :: Addio, fiorito asil
  • Performers: Giuseppe Di Stefano; Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Gastaldon, Stanislao : Musica Probita
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: G.M. Guarino
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1860

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : L'arlesiana :: E la solita storia del pastore
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Ah si, ben mio coll'essere
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem :: Ingemisco
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Ernest Blanc (Baritone); Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Lunge da lei-de' miei bollenti spiriti
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Di quella pira l'orrendo foco
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853