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Essential Opera

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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>     Vedi le fosche notturne
>     D'amor sull'ali rosee
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Au fond du temple saint
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>     Dôme épais
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>     Largo al factotum
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>     Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
>     Che gelida manina
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Votre Toast
>     La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
>     L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Un bel dì vedremo
>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
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     Che farò senza Euridice?
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     Ecco
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? ne andrò lontana
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>     Belle nuit
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Libiamo ne'lieti calici
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>     Casta Diva
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     La donna è mobile
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Soave sia il vento
>     Un'aura amorosa
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Recondita armonia
>     Vissi d'arte
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>     Non piú andrai
>     Conzonetta sull'aria
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     La mamma morta
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Là ci darem la mano
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Va, pensiero
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>     Ed anche Beppe amo
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Mild und leise

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
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Notes & Reviews:

Opera today is more popular than ever before. Opera companies play to packed houses, while a new generation of exciting young opera singers appeal to the widest audiences through concerts and TV programs. This collection includes many famous arias like Verdi's 'Celeste Aida' and 'La donna e mobile', the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen, the Temple Duet from Les Pecheurs de perles, the Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes and Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro', 'Vissi d'arte' and of courseb 'Nessun dorma'. These pieces are performed by a galaxy of major singers including some of today's superstars like Placido Domingo, Natalie Dessay and Angela Gheorghiu, plus many other great names like Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballe, Beverly Sills and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and the operatic legends: Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Vedi le fosche notturne
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Ernest Blanc (Baritone); Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Dôme épais
  • Performers: Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Delphine Haidan (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Largo al factotum
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine :: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
  • Performers: Nicolai Gedda; Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Votre Toast
  • Performers: Nadine Sautereau (Soprano); Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano); Maria Callas; Robert Massard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel dì vedremo
  • Performer: Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  • Performer: Walter Berry (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Che farò senza Euridice?
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Ecco
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Belle nuit
  • Performers: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Jessye Norman
  • Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Beverly Sills; Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Aldo Ceccato
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta Diva
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Soave sia il vento
  • Performers: José Van Dam; Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); Margaret Marshall (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: D'amor sull'ali rosee
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Non piú andrai
  • Performer: Claudio Desderi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Un'aura amorosa
  • Performer: John Aler (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

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

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Conzonetta sull'aria
  • Performers: Felicity Lott; Gianna Rolandi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: La mamma morta
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Là ci darem la mano
  • Performers: Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Graziella Sciutti
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va, pensiero
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz :: Ed anche Beppe amo
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Mild und leise
  • Performer: Hildegard Behrens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Schneider
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859