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Opera 2012 / Gheorghiu, Villazon, Damrau, Alagna, Dessay, Grigolo, DiDonato, Daniels

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>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>     Overture
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>     Una voce poco fa
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
>     Nacqui all'affanno
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>     Ascolta!
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>     Una furtiva lagrima
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     E strano! E strano!
>     Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Ma dove or travesi...Possente amor
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
>     O soave fanciulla
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Vissi d'arte
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Un bel dì vedremo
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>     Overture
>     Scherza infida
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>     Venti, turbini
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace
>     Ricordati che sei
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Finch'han dal vino
>     Mi tradì, quell'alma ingrata
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Soave sia il vento
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito
>     Parto, parto
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Suis-je gentille ainsi?
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Il était un roi de Thulé...O Dieu! que de bijoux! (Jewel Song)
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>     Les oiseaux dans la charmille
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
>     C'en est donc fait...Salut à la France
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>     Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich
>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd
>     Look! Through the port comes the moon-shine astray
>Adès, Thomas : The Tempest
>     Hell is empty

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd
>Adès, Thomas : The Tempest
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the enormous success of the album OPERA 2011, Virgin Classics releases OPERA 2012. With 40 tracks, and over 2½ hours of operatic arias and duets, this double album features the best and most popular names in opera from the catalogs of both Virgin Classics and EMI Classics. This is a can't-miss collection of the best in opera that will have a wide appeal. This set features present day superstars like Natalie Dessay and Angela Gheorghiu as well as rising new artists such as Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigolo. The set also contains tracks by some of the world's greatest conductors such as Antonio Pappano and Sir Roger Norrington.



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>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Una voce poco fa
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dan Ettinger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella) :: Nacqui all'affanno
  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kazushi Ono
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera :: Ascolta!
  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kazushi Ono
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1830

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: E strano! E strano!
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Ma dove or travesi...Possente amor
  • Performer: Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anton Coppola
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel dì vedremo
  • Performer: Liping Zhang (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Overture
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Scherza infida
  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Venti, turbini
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace :: Ricordati che sei
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Finch'han dal vino
  • Performer: Peter Mattei (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Mi tradì, quell'alma ingrata
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Soave sia il vento
  • Performers: Alison Hagley (Voice); Hillevi Martinpelto (Soprano); Thomas Allen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito :: Parto, parto
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Vilumanis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Suis-je gentille ainsi?
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Il était un roi de Thulé...O Dieu! que de bijoux! (Jewel Song)
  • Performer: Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivo Lipanoviç
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Les oiseaux dans la charmille
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Patrick Fournillier
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: C'en est donc fait...Salut à la France
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich
  • Performers: Deborah Voigt (Soprano); Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd :: Look! Through the port comes the moon-shine astray
  • Performer: Nathan Gunn (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : The Tempest :: Hell is empty
  • Performer: Thomas Adès (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary