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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-10-08

Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, Francesco
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ODO 7091
Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Maria Callas, Boris Christoff, Enzo Mascherini. Erich Kleiber
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Richard Wagner: Lohengrin / Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson and Hermann Uhde. Eugen Jochum, 1954
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin / Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson and Hermann Uhde. Eugen Jochum, 1954

4 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Jochum, Eugen

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It is the most vivid, exciting, best-executed reading of the work I have ever heard. Much of the credit goes to Jochum who conducts a...continue...
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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ghiaurov, Maslennikoc, Jurinac, Borg
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ghiaurov, Maslennikoc, Jurinac, Borg

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-09-13

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

Modest Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881) was a unique genius who had spotty formal musical training but enormous imagination and creativity. For decades many regarded him...continue...
Recording information: Salzburg (1966)....continue...
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ODO 7084
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-06-14

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea

Live 1963 performance from La Scala, Milan, in excellent sound....continue...
Recording information: Milan (12/07/1963)....continue...
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Giuseppe Verdi: I Lombardi / Scotto, Raimondi, et al
Giuseppe Verdi: I Lombardi / Scotto, Raimondi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-03-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I lombardi
Performers: di Stasio, Anna; Grilli, Umberto; Jacopucci, Fernando; Raimondi, Ruggero; Rinaudo, Mario; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea

This 1969 live performance from Rome has been issued before and greatly admired as one of the best-ever readings of the opera, but is now...continue...
Recording information: Rome (1969)....continue...
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ODO 7082
Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle
Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2010-09-14

Works: Georges Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle, operetta in 1 act
Conductors: Amaducci, Bruno

Not the least miracle of Le docteur Miracle is that is exists at all. The one-act operetta, a first-prizewinning composition from a contest organized by...continue...
Recording information: Paris (03/01/1976)....continue...
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ODO 7077
Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann
Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2010-03-09

Works: Jacques Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne
Performers: Bacquier, Gabriel; Falzetti, Nino
Conductors: Maag, Peter

An exceptional "traditional" performance of this spooky and dream-like opera, dramatically and musically effective, with a fine cast and propulsive conducting. The great Hungarian tenor...continue...
Recording information: Buenos Aires (08/03/1970)....continue...
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ODO 7074
Verdi: Stiffelio / Del Monaco, Gulin, De Fabritii, et al
Verdi: Stiffelio / Del Monaco, Gulin, De Fabritii, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-11-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Stiffelio
Conductors: de Fabritiis, Oliviero

Currently this is not only the only mid-price version of Stiffelio with a libretto - it's the only available recording, period! And a fine one...continue...
Recording information: Naples (01/07/1973)....continue...
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ODO 7075
Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-10-13

Works: Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
Conductors: Prêtre, Georges

Including a 56-page booklet with historic photos; a complete French libretto with new, original English translation; and an essay on the performance by Robert Levine,...continue...
Recording information: Rome Opera House, Rome, Italy (01/11/1969)....continue...
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ODO 7073
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-09-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
Performers: Baronti, Duilio; Colarescu, Grazia; Colombo, Scipio; Kelston, Lucy; Lauri-Volpi, Giacomo; Pace, Miti Truccato; Vaghi, Giacomo
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

"Very much a collector's item, primarily on account of the casting of the legendary tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. This remarkable showman is in amazingly dynamic voice......continue...
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ODO 7057
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Nicola Rescigno, Magda Olivero, Renato Cioni
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Nicola Rescigno, Magda Olivero, Renato Cioni

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-09-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Performers: Borrelli, Annamaria; Cadoni, Fernanda; Carleo, Mario; Caruso, Mariano; Cioffi, Mario; Cioni, Renato; Giannini, Aldo; Olivero, Magda; Zanasi, Mario
Conductors: Rescigno, Nicola

"Although the term 'legendary' is all too frequently coined, its usage is both appropriate and justified when describing Magda Olivero. She was an unorthodox soprano...continue...
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ODO 1484
Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Mansourov, Vishnevskaya, Atlantov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, et al
Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Mansourov, Vishnevskaya, Atlantov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-08-12

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride
Performers: Andreyev, Eleonora; Arkhipova, Irina; Atlantov, Vladimir; Nesterenko, Evgeny; Sokolov, Andrei; Valaitis, Vladimir; Vishnevskaya, Galina
Conductors: Mansourian, Fouat

Some of the biggest names in Russian opera headline this live 1973 performance of a Rimsky-Korsakov rarity from Moscow's historic Bolshoi Theater. Based on a...continue...

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ODO 1481
Massenet: Werther / Prêtre, Kraus, Obraztsova, Rinaldi, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al
Massenet: Werther / Prêtre, Kraus, Obraztsova, Rinaldi, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-08-12

Works: Jules Massenet: Werther
Performers: Gullino, Walter; Kraus, Alfredo [Tenor Vocals]; Lorni, Giorgio; Mazzucato, Daniela; Obraztsova, Yelena; Rinaldi, Alberto; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Prêtre, Georges

A peerless performance of Massenet's masterpiece from the world's most famous opera house, live in 1976, starring tenor Alfredo Kraus in the title role. Especially...continue...
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ODO 1482
Bliss: The Olympians / Fairfax, Ambrosian Singers & Soloists, et al
Bliss: The Olympians / Fairfax, Ambrosian Singers & Soloists, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-06-10

Works: Arthur Bliss: The Olympians, opera in 3 acts, F. 97
Performers: Bohan, Edmund; Dickerson, Bernard; Hemsley, Thomas; Herincx, Raimund; McAlpine, William; Minty, Shirley; Pashley, Anne; Robinson, Forbes; Woodland, Rae
Conductors: Fairfax, Bryan

In the 1920s, Arthur Bliss was probably the most talked-about composer in England, and certainly the most widely performed abroad. He was knighted in 1950...continue...
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ODO 1480
Grand Tier - Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Bellugi, Caballe, Bonisolli, Hamari, et al
Grand Tier - Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Bellugi, Caballe, Bonisolli, Hamari, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-03-11

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago
Performers: Balboni, Anna Maria; Bonisolli, Franco; Bottazzo, Pietro; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Sinimberghi, Gino; Washington, Paolo
Conductors: Bellugi, Piero

The Lady of the Lake, based on the narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott, has been one of the most successful of Rossini's "serious" operas...continue...
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ODO 7053
Wagner: Ring Cycle / Furtwängler, La Scala Orchestra & Chorus
Wagner: Ring Cycle / Furtwängler, La Scala Orchestra & Chorus

14 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-02-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Batic, Polly; Crkall, Karen Marie; Emmerich, Albert; Falke, Margret Welk; Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]; Frantz, Ferdinand; Gabory, Magda; Herrmann, Josef; Hongen, Elisabeth; Kenney, Margherita;...
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

This 1950 performance is the only live complete recording of The Ring conducted by the legendary Wilhelm Furtwangler. Although it has been available on several...continue...
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ODO 1501
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Molinari-Pradelli, Caballé
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Molinari-Pradelli, Caballé

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-02-12

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Performers: Baldani, Ruza; Bertocci, Aldo; Bruson, Renato; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Davia, Federico; Foiani, Giovanni; Guglielmi, Margherita; Meliciani, Carlo; Romani, ...
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

Spain's famous opera stars Carreras and Caballe, who are professional colleagues and friends in real life, are an irresistible pairing at the head of a...continue...
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ODO 7048
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette / Almeida, Vanzo, Esposito, et al
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette / Almeida, Vanzo, Esposito, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-11-13

Works: Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
Performers: Abello, Andre; Ferment, Claudine; Garcia, Francois; Laffage, Jean-Pierre; Novello, Alfred; Plaque, Iris; Saur, Ivan; Spagnol, Gerard; Vanzo, Alain; Vocals], Andree Esposito [Soprano
Conductors: Almeida, Antonio de

Gounod's Romeo et Juliette had its premiere in Paris, at the Theatre-Lyrique, on April 27, 1867. It was successful, and was given in both London...continue...
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ODO 1477
Giordano: La cena delle beffe / Bonavolontá, et al
Giordano: La cena delle beffe / Bonavolontá, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-11-13

Works: Umberto Giordano: La cena delle beffe
Performers: Clabassi, Plinio [Bass Vocal]; Degl'Innocenti, Angelo; Formichini, Dino; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Marchiandi, Angelo; Mariotti, Alfredo; Matsumoto, Miwako; Morresi, Giuseppe; Rosati, A. M.; Zambon, Amade...
Conductors: Bonavolontà, Nino

The most popular work of Umberto Giordano (1867–1948) remains Andrea Chenier, but he did write other fine operas that deserve revival. One of these is...continue...
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ODO 1478
Donizetti: L'elisir d'Amore
Donizetti: L'elisir d'Amore

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-10-09

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo; Cava, Carlo; Jotti, Renza; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Taddei, Giuseppe
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
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ODO 7044
Grand Tier - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Rossi, Olivero
Grand Tier - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Rossi, Olivero

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-10-09

Works: Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur
Performers: Bastianini, Ettore; Caruso, Mariano; Cassinelli, Antonio; Corelli, Franco; di Stasio, Anna; Ercolani, Renato; Frati, Augusto; Olivero, Magda; Simionato, Giulietta; Zerbini, Rosanna
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Fancesco Cilea was one of the "minor masters" of Italian opera. His masterpiece is 'Adriana Lecouvreur,' a work that, ever since its Milan premiere starring...continue...
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ODO 7037
Puccini: Le Villi / Ratjen, Luchetti, Sighele, Zanasi, et al
Puccini: Le Villi / Ratjen, Luchetti, Sighele, Zanasi, et al

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-06-12

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Le Villi
Performers: Luchetti, Veriano; Sighele, Mietta; Zanasi, Mario
Conductors: Ratjen, Hans Georg

Puccini's first opera, Le villi, was premiered in 1884 on a triple bill with two other short works now forgotten. It was the surprise hit...continue...
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ODO 1474
Gluck: Paride ed Elena / Rossi, Lászlò, Kozma, et al
Gluck: Paride ed Elena / Rossi, Lászlò, Kozma, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-06-12

Works: Christoph Willibald Gluck: O del mio dolce ardor; Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Performers: Antonioli, Doro; Kozma, Lajos; Laszlo, Magda; Mariconda, Valeria; Vajna, Linda; Verra, Lorenza Canepa
Conductors: Rossi, Mario; Sanzogno, Nino

Paride ed Elena, based on the Homeric story of the abduction of the Spartan beauty Helen by the Trojan Paris, seemed to make little initial...continue...
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ODO 1475
Grand Tier - Verdi: Falstaff / De Sabata, Stabile, Tebaldi, et al
Grand Tier - Verdi: Falstaff / De Sabata, Stabile, Tebaldi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-05-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Performers: Canali, Anna Maria; Caruso, Mariano; Elmo, Cloe; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Nessi, Giuseppe; Noni, Alda; Silveri, Paolo; Stabile, Mariano; Tebaldi, Renata [Soprano vocal]; Valletti, Cesare [Teno...
Conductors: De Sabata, Victor

"One of the most remarkable performances of anything by Verdi ever captured on a disc. Mariano Stabile's Falstaff was a legendary achievement, dramatically and vocally,...continue...

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Meyerbeer: L'Africana / Muti, Norman, Luchetti, Guelfi
Meyerbeer: L'Africana / Muti, Norman, Luchetti, Guelfi

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-02-13

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Afrikanerin
Performers: Casarini, Gianfranco; Ferrin, Agostino; Formichini, Dino; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Luchetti, Veriano; Matteini, Giuliana; Norman, Jessye [Soprano vocals]; Rinaudo, Mario; Sighele, Mietta; Vivo, Graziano ...
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo

Live performance of this rarely-performed opera, Florence, 1971. Only budget recording on CD! Meyerbeer died before L'africana, his last opera, was quite finished. He was...continue...
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Mozart: Zaide, etc / Schuricht, Rischner, Wunderlich, Stader
Mozart: Zaide, etc / Schuricht, Rischner, Wunderlich, Stader

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-02-13

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaide, K 344 (334b); Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Performers: Gerbert, Manfred; Gunter, Horst; Monteanu, Petre; Sentpaul, Frithjof; Stader, Maria; Wunderlich, Fritz [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Rischner, Alfons; Schuricht, Carl

A live broadcast from Stuttgart in 1956 of one of Mozart's least-known stage works. Although it was never finished, Zaide contains one of Mozart's most...continue...
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ODO 1469
Rossini: L'equivoco Stravagante / Rigacci, Bruscantini
Rossini: L'equivoco Stravagante / Rigacci, Bruscantini

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-02-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'equivoco stravagante, opera
Performers: Baratti, Giuseppe; Bruscantini, Sesto; Gaiffa, Varlo; Guglielmi, Margherita; Panerai, Rolando; Zilio, Elena
Conductors: Rigacci, Bruno

1971 live broadcast of this rare opera! Giaocchino Rossini(1792-1868) was all of nineteen years old when he wrote his first full-length comedy, "The Bizarre Misunderstanding,"...continue...
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Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek
Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-10-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
Performers: Alvary, Lorenzo; Berry, Walter; Dickie, Murray; Egel, Martin; Haug, Maria; Hesse, Ruth; Kelemen, Zoltan; King, James [Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Mayr, Ingrid; Rysanek, Leonie; Schomber...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Other recordings of 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' have been in and out of the catalogue, some even with similar casts. This version... may be the...continue...
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Zandonai: Conchita / Rossi, Stella, Bottion, et al
Zandonai: Conchita / Rossi, Stella, Bottion, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-10-10

Works: Riccardo Zandonai: Conchita
Performers: Arena, Rosetta; Bottion, Aldo; Cavicchioli, Rosina; Rocco, Giovanna di; Rota, Anna Maria; Santis, Emma de; Stella, Antonietta [Soprano Vocals]; Verra, Lorenza Canepa
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944) is a fascinating figure in the later history of traditional Italian opera. Long regarded by many as the putative heir to Puccini,...continue...
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ODO 1462
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Maerzendorfer, Gedda, Equiluz
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Maerzendorfer, Gedda, Equiluz

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-08-08

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Hugenoten
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Farres, Pedro; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Illavsky, Ladislav; Neukirch, Harald; Petkov, Dimiter; Rugtvedt, Unni; Schenk, Manfred; Scovotti, Jeanett...
Conductors: Marzendorfer, Ernst

This live broadcast from Vienna in 1971 brings together one of the most outstanding casts ever assembled for this rarely heard opera, a situation due...continue...
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ODO 1464
Grand Tier - Verdi: Macbeth / Böhm, Milnes, Ludwig, Cossutta
Grand Tier - Verdi: Macbeth / Böhm, Milnes, Ludwig, Cossutta

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-05-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Cossutta, Carlo; Flossman, Gilels; Frese, Siegfried Rudolf; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Pantscheff, Ljubomir; Proglhoff, Harald; Ridderbusc...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

Macbeth has been well presented on discs, but this performance...should be held in the greatest esteem and surpasses the others in overall intensity and theatricality...Bohm's...continue...
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Respighi: La fiamma / Molinari-Pradelli, Coleva, et al
Respighi: La fiamma / Molinari-Pradelli, Coleva, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-05-09

Works: Ottorino Respighi: La fiamma, opera in 3 acts, P. 175
Performers: Carturan, Gabriella; Coleva, Mara; Mandalari, Maria Teresa; Mandelli, Luisa; Moffo, Anna [Soprano vocal]; Prandelli, Giacinto; Santo, Tusa; Tagliabue, Carlo; Villa, Luisa; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Voca...
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

Respighi composed several operas, of which 'La Fiamma' is generally considered the most successful. Enchanted by the Byzantine-era mosaics in Ravenna churches, Respighi had long...continue...
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ODO 1451
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-05-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine
Performers: Bottion, Aldo; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Fusco, Cecilia; Mazzini, Guido; Pilou, Jeannette
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

Puccini first got the idea for this work during a performance of an operetta he was attending in Vienna. The directors of the theater approached...continue...
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ODO 1453
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Heger, Zadek, Dermota, et al
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Heger, Zadek, Dermota, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-05-09

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Liebesverbot, opera
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Friedrich, Willy; Imdahl, Heinz; Sorell, Christiane; Welter, Ludwig; Zadek, Hilde
Conductors: Hager, Robert

Wagner took Shakespeare's play 'Measure for Measure' as a framework for the plot of his second opera. The premiere at Magdeburg on March 29, 1836...continue...
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ODO 1454
Grand Tier - Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, et al
Grand Tier - Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-04-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Grist, Reri [Soprano Vocals]; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Prey, Hermann [Baritone Vocals]; Schreier, ...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Bohm's conducting is first rate...in the arias, he is a master of working with the cast. The cast is excellent. Janowitz sings with authority and...continue...
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Legendary Performances of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas
Legendary Performances of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas

14 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-03-14

Works: Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Turandot; Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier; Gaetano Donizetti: Poliuto; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Hugenoten; Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovat...
Performers: Bastianini, Ettore; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Capecchi, Renato; Carbonari, Virgilio; Carlin, Mario; Cassinelli, Antonio; Corelli, Franco; Cossotto, Fiorenza; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Duto...
Conductors: Simonetto, Alfredo; Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Matacic, Lovro von; Votto, Antonino; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Karajan, Herbert v.

Franco Corelli (1921-2003), by virtue of his thrilling tenor voice and handsome stage presence, was one of the most popular opera singers on the international...continue...
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ODO 5602
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-12-06

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Greindl, Josef; Jaresch, August; Martinis, Dragica; Monthy, Georg; Schoeffler, Paul [Baritone Vocal]; Vinay, Ramón; Wagner, Sieglinde
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Chilean singer Ramon Vinay is little remembered today because of the rarity of his recordings, but he is considered by many to be the greatest...continue...
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ODO 1438
Gounod: Faust / Gavazzeni, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Harper, et al
Gounod: Faust / Gavazzeni, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Harper, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-12-06

Works: Charles Gounod: Faust
Performers: Bartoletti, Luisa; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Harper, Heather; Massard, Robert; Retes, Africa De
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea

'Faust' made its composer, Gounod, and his publisher, Choudens, rich men. For decades it was the most popular opera in the world, although in recent...continue...
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ODO 1443
Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al
Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-11-15

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7
Performers: Driscoll, Laurent; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Hirte, Klaus; Jahn, Gertrude; Kelemen, Zoltan; Kraemmer, Hans; Melchert, Helmut; Ree, Jan Van; Silja, Anja; Uhl, Fritz
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Geraint Evan's Wozzeck is a powerful, tragic presence... Balancing clarity and madness, power and impotence, nobility and crudeness, it is one of the great portrayals...continue...
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Grand Tier - Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, et al
Grand Tier - Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-11-15

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La Cenerentola
Performers: Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Bruscantini, Sesto; Monreale, Leonardo; Monti, Nicola; Pace, Miti Truccato; Petri, Mario; Rovero, Ornella
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Among Rossini's numerous comic operas 'La Cenerentola' has long held a place second only to 'The Barber of Seville'. In fact, for many years it...continue...
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ODO 7019
Grand Tier - Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, King, et al
Grand Tier - Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, King, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-08-09

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Performers: Crass, Franz; Grobe, Donald; Hirte, Klaus; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; King, James [Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Malm, Curt; Mathis, Edith; Wixell, Ingvar
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"[This is] a terrific bargain and a sparkling representation of Beethoven's great masterwork." - ClassicsToday...continue...
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Verdi: Falstaff / Rossi, Taddei, Carteri, et al
Verdi: Falstaff / Rossi, Taddei, Carteri, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-08-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Performers: Canali, Anna Maria; Carteri, Rosanna; Dalamangas, Cristiano; Meletti, Saturno; Nessi, Giuseppe; Pagliughi, Lina; Pini, Amalia; Renzi, Emilio; Signore, Gino del; Taddei, Giuseppe
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Verdi's last opera, written when he was approaching 80, receives one of its finest performances on disc, with a conductor greatly admired by connoisseurs though...continue...
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Grand Tier - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, et al
Grand Tier - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-06-14

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
Performers: Berbie, Jane; Caron, Willy; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Harwood, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Kelemen, Zoltan; Krause, Tom; Montarsolo, Paolo; Schary, Elke; Senechal, Michel [Tenor Vocals]; Van D...
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

"...This is a wonderfully Italianate performance. Orchestra and chorus are superb and the sound is surprisingly good, with voice/orchestra balance clear and true most of...continue...
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Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-03-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
Performers: Baronti, Duilio; Colarescu, Grazia; Colombo, Scipio; Kelston, Lucy; Lauri-Volpi, Giacomo; Pace, Miti Truccato; Vaghi, Giacomo
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

"...very much a collector's item, primarily on account of the casting of the legendary tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. This remarkable showman is in amazingly dynamic voice......continue...
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ODO 1429
Mozart: La Betulia liberata / Rossi, Schwarzkopf, et al
Mozart: La Betulia liberata / Rossi, Schwarzkopf, et al

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-02-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Betulia liberata, K 118 (74c)
Performers: Christoff, Boris; Pirazzini, Miriam; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Valletti, Cesare [Tenor Vocals]; Vincenti, Luigia
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

An opera in all but name, 'La Betulia liberata' was written by Mozart when he was just 15 years old. It tells the Biblical story...continue...
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ODO 1417
Bellini: Bianca e Fernando / Ferro, Savastano, et al
Bellini: Bianca e Fernando / Ferro, Savastano, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-01-04

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Bianca e Fernando, opera
Performers: Fissore, Enrico; Hayashi, Yasuko; Machi, Mario; Michalopoulos, Eftimios; Monaco, Ignazio Del; Onesti, Gabriella; Savastano, Antonio; Tarantino, Pietro
Conductors: Ferro, Gabriele

Bellini's second opera is seldom heard today, but contains some good numbers and will appeal to any fan of Early Romantic Italian opera. An Italian...continue...
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ODO 1419
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur/ Rossi, Corelli, Olivero, et al
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur/ Rossi, Corelli, Olivero, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-06-08

Works: Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur
Performers: Bastianini, Ettore; Caruso, Mariano; Cassinelli, Antonio; Corelli, Franco; di Stasio, Anna; Ercolani, Renato; Frati, Augusto; Olivero, Magda; Simionato, Giulietta; Zerbini, Rosanna
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

The masterpiece of composer Francesco Cilea, 'Adriana Lecouvreur' premiered in 1902 with Caruso in the tenor lead. It has remained a standard in Italy, though...continue...
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ODO 1410
Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac / Arena, Johns, Stapp, et al
Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac / Arena, Johns, Stapp, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-06-08

Works: Franco Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac, opera
Performers: Blancas, Antonio; Cesare, Ezio di; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Johns, William; Pace, Miti Truccato; Palmi, Agata; Savoiardo, Giovanni; Stapp, Olivia; Strudthoff, Claudio
Conductors: Arena, Maurizio
Ensemble: ; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin

Alfano is finally coming unto his own after decades of being remembered mainly as the composer who completed 'Turandot' after Puccini's death. Long stereotyped as...continue...
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ODO 1411
Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Böhm, Rysanek, Hopf, et al
Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Böhm, Rysanek, Hopf, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-10-07

Works: Richard Strauss: Final Scene
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Bunger, Reid; Dickie, Murray; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Franc, Tugomir; Frese, Rudolf; Guthrie, Frederick; Hoffmann, Grace; Kmentt, Waldemar; Lackner, Herbert; Rysanek, Leonie; ...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"...I cannot imagine living without this rendition." - Opera News...continue...
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