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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Liviamo ne'lieti calici
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>     Largo al factotum
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Che gelida manina
>     Mi chiamanó Mimi
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>     Suzel, bon dí
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Va, pensiero
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     La donna é mobile
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>     Viens, Mallika
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio bambino caro
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Recondita armonia
>     Vissi d'arte
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     lo son l'umile ancella
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Au fond du temple saint
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>     Non più andrai
>     Voi, che satete
>     Dove sono
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha
>     M'appari
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Mild und leise
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Se quel guerrier io fossi!...
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>     Vedi! le fosche notturne
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>     Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
>     Votre toast
>     La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Barcarolle
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     A mamma morta
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>     Vesti la giubba
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Un bel di vedremo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Soave sia il vento
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>     Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>     Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
>     Der Hölle Rache
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>     Song to the Moon
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>     Pourquoi me réveiller?
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Signore, ascolta!
>     Nessun dorma

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This collection contains both stereo and monaural, and both DDD and ADD recordings.

Personnel: Nadine Sautereau, Montserrat Caballé , Maria Callas , Helga Dernesch , Mirella Freni , Edita Gruberová, Mady Mesplé, Lucia Popp , Elisabeth Schwarzkopf , Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Agnes Baltsa, Jane Berbié, Jeannine Collard, Danielle Millet, Ann Murray (mezzo soprano); Alfredo Kraus , Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, José Carreras , Nicolai Gedda , Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); Thomas Allen , Walter Berry, Ernest Blanc, Thomas Hampson , Robert Massard (baritone).

This CD set presents an extensive opera sampler of mostly arias, with some famous choruses as well, such as Va, Pensiero from Verdi's Nabucco. Not only does the listener get to listen to these arias from the French, Italian, and German standards, he or she is able to compare certain classes of voices. As for tenors, the "three" are certainly represented, and one is able to compare Carreras' palpable excitement and exquisite diction with Domingo's power, and the early Pavarotti's silvery, exquisite timbre with Alfredo Kraus' lyricism and Roberto Alagna's tight sound. One can explore the differences between the Italian sound of Pavarotti and the darker, red-winey Spanish sound of Domingo and Carreras. As for the women, how does La Callas compare to one of her heirs in bel canto singing, Montserrat Caballé, with her famous pianissimi, heard here in Chi il Bel Sogno de Doretta from La Rondine by Puccini? The liner notes provide blurbs on the arias, and inform the listener which recent films one can hear them in. This collection is an excellent entrée into the world of opera, adding great breadth to an opera education.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Liviamo ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Alfredo Kraus; Riccardo Muti; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia :: Largo al factotum
  • Performers: Orchestra Della Toscana (Baritone); Gianluigi Gelmetti (Baritone); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Ensemble: Toscana Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Richard Armstrong (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Mi chiamanó Mimi
  • Performers: Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma (Tenor); Mirella Freni; Nicolai Gedda; Thomas Schippers
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz :: Suzel, bon dí
  • Performers: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra (Tenor); Mirella Freni; Gianandrea Gavazzeni; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va, pensiero
  • Performers: Royal Opera House Orchestra & Choir; Bernard Haitink
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna é mobile
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Richard Armstrong (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé, opera :: Viens, Mallika
  • Performers: Alain Lombard; Mady Mesple (Voice); Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Ensemble: Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio bambino caro
  • Performers: Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma (Voice); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Gabriele Santini (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); National Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); Eugene Kohn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performers: Maria Callas; Georges Prêtre (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Piano); Placido Domingo (Tenor); James Levine (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: lo son l'umile ancella
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Myung-Whun Chung; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Ernest Blanc (Baritone); Pierre Dervaux; Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Ensemble: Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Non più andrai
  • Performers: Thomas Allen (Baritone); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Baritone); Riccardo Muti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Voi, che satete
  • Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Mezzo Soprano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Muti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Dove sono
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Carlo Giulini (Soprano); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha :: M'appari
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Richard Armstrong (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Mild und leise
  • Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Harpsichord); Helga Dernesch (Soprano); Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier io fossi!...
  • Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Riccardo Muti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Vedi! le fosche notturne
  • Performers: Royal Opera House Orchestra & Choir; Bernard Haitink
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performers: Maria Callas; Georges Prêtre (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  • Performers: Thomas Beecham; Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Votre toast
  • Performers: Nadine Sautereau (Soprano); Choeurs Ducios; Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano); Maria Callas; Robert Massard (Baritone); Georges Prêtre (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: René Duclos Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Richard Armstrong (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Barcarolle
  • Performers: Choeurs Ducios; André Cluytens; Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Ensemble: René Duclos Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: A mamma morta
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Maria Callas; Tullio Serafin
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Vesti la giubba
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Tenor); José Carreras (Tenor); Riccardo Muti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel di vedremo
  • Performers: Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma (Soprano); John Barbirolli (Conductor); Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Soave sia il vento
  • Performers: José Van Dam; Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Margaret Marshall (Soprano); Riccardo Muti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine :: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Montserrat Caballé; Charles Mackerras
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Der Hölle Rache
  • Performers: Edita Gruberova (Soprano); Bernard Haitink
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performers: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra (Voice); Lucia Popp; Stefan Soltesz (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Maria Callas; Tullio Serafin
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Pourquoi me réveiller?
  • Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Richard Armstrong (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Signore, ascolta!
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Montserrat Caballé; Charles Mackerras
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performers: Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion); José Carreras (Tenor); Alain Lombard
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Ensemble: Rhine Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926