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Album Summary

>Vecchi, Orazio : L'Amfiparnaso
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
>Cavalli, Francesco : Calisto
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Castor et Pollux
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin
>Debussy, Claude : Pelléas et Mélisande
>Berg, Alban : Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7
>Janácek, Leos : Jenufa
>Bartók, Béla : Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48
>Stravinsky, Igor : Oedipus rex
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Mask of Orpheus, opera
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence. Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of our lives, its best-loved tunes heard on football terraces, in films and advertisements, and even at the opera house. From Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' to Harrison Birtwistle's 'The Mask of Orpheus,' by the way of Handel and Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, Puccini and Stravinsky, Discover Opera surveys the entire history of this extravagant yet intimate art form. Along the way we encounter dueling composers, superstar castratos, abandoned heroines driven mad by passion and swashbuckling heroes striving for elusive high notes. There is love, there is murder, there are shepherds and nymphs, gypsies and queens, an earthquake and a poisonous snake. All play their part in the history of opera, the art form that brings together all the arts in a lavish combination of emotion and spectacle.



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>Vecchi, Orazio : L'Amfiparnaso :: Act 2. Scene 2. Vien'a qua
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo :: Toccata
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1607

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo :: Act 1. Rosa del ciel
  • Performer: Alessandro Carmignani (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1607

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo :: Act 2. Ahi caso acerbo
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1607

>Cavalli, Francesco : Calisto :: Act 3. Scene 7. Dolcissimi baci
  • Performers: Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano); Gianluca Doro (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1652

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Act 3. Scene 2. Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me
  • Performer: Kym Amps (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Act 3. Scene 2. When I am laid in earth
  • Performer: Kym Amps (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Act 2. Scene 4. Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Susanne Rydén (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Ensemble: London Baroque
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Castor et Pollux :: Act 2. Scene 2. Tristes apprêts
  • Performer: Monica Whicher (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo :: Act 3. Scene 1. Che farò senza Euridic
  • Performer: Ann-Christine Biel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Arnold Östman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Act 4. Scene 10. Giunse al fin il moment
  • Performer: Judith Halász (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Act 1. Scene 15. Fin ch'han dal vino
  • Performer: Bo Skovhus (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Act 2. Scene 3. Deh, vieni alla finestra
  • Performer: Bo Skovhus (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Act 1. Scene 6. O zitt're nicht, mein lieber Sohn!
  • Performer: Hellen Kwon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Act 1. Scene 9. Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin?
  • Performer: Edith Lienbacher (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 3. Scene 3. Mild und leise ('Liebestod')
  • Performer: Hedwig Fassbender (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola :: Act 1. Scene 3. Zitto, zitto, piano, piano
  • Performers: José Zapata (Tenor); Paolo Bordogna (Baritone); Patrizia Cigna (Soprano); Martina Borst (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Zedda
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Act 3. Scene 2. Ardon gli incensi
  • Performer: Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Will Humburg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. Scene 3. Bella figlia dell'amore
  • Performers: Jitka Saparova (Voice); Yordy Ramiro (Voice); Eduard Tumagian (Baritone); Alida Ferrarini (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Act 3. Scene 2. Facciamo il parentado - Tutto nel mondo è burla
  • Performers: Domenico Trimarchi (Bass Baritone); Roberto Servile (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 1. Vogliatemi bene
  • Performer: Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Act 5. Scene 2. Adieu, fière cité
  • Performer: Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1858.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 4. Scene 2. Viva!
  • Performers: Graciela Alperyn (Mezzo Soprano); Giorgio Lamberti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin :: Act 1. Scene 2. Tatyana's Letter Scene
  • Performer: Marina Meshcheriakova (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Debussy, Claude : Pelléas et Mélisande :: Act 4. Scene 1. A room in the castle
  • Performers: Mireille Delunsch (Soprano); Gerard Theruel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893-1902

>Berg, Alban : Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7 :: Act 3. Scene 2. Forest path by a pool
  • Performers: Carl Falkman (Voice); Katarina Dalayman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917-1922

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Jenufa :: Act 3. Scene 11
  • Performers: Leonie Rysanek (Soprano); Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor); Gabriela Benackova (Voice); Frank Barr (Bass)
  • Conductor: Hugh Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1894-1903

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48 :: Blue
  • Performers: Péter Fried (Voice); Cornelia Kallisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Eötvös
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1911

>Stravinsky, Igor : Oedipus rex :: Prologue (opening)
  • Performer: Martyn Hill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1927

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: 1. Dawn (Peter Grimes, interlude at th
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Act 1. Scene 2. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
  • Performers: Sally Matthews (Soprano); Glenn Winslade (Tenor); Alison Buchanan (Soprano); Jill Grove (Mezzo Soprano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone); Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Adams, John : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky :: Act 2. One last look at the angel in
  • Performers: Martina Mühlpointner (Soprano); Kimako Trotman (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Mask of Orpheus, opera :: Act 3. Scene 2. Third Song of Magic (a) -
  • Performers: Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo-soprano); Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano); Jon Garrison (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1973-1983

>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Mask of Orpheus, opera :: Eurydice Puppet / Eurydice Singer
  • Performers: Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo-soprano); Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano); Jon Garrison (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1973-1983