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Pavarotti & The Divas / Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini / Scoto, Freni, Janowitz, Caballe, Cossotto
Pavarotti & The Divas / Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini / Scoto, Freni, Janowitz, Caballe, Cossotto

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-01-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Luisa Miller; Gaetano Donizetti: La figlia del reggimento; L' elisir d'amore, opera; La Favorita; Lucia di Lammermoor; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo; Vincenzo Bellini: ...
Performers: Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Pavarotti, Luciano; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]

This disc presents Pavarotti in duets with several of the great ladies of opera. Renata Scotto was noted for the beauty of her voice, her...continue...
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ODO 6011
Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride / Maria Callas
Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride / Maria Callas

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2012-01-10

Works: Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Malagu, Stefania; Perotti, Eva
Conductors: Sanzogno, Nino
Ensemble: La Scala Opera Orchestra

The recent rebirth of interest in the masterpiece of Christoph von Gluck's maturity, Ifigenia in Tauride, has proved that his art can still cast a...continue...
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ODO 7085
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...
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ODO 7082
Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbier di Siviglia / Gabriele Santini, Luigi Alva, Sesto Bruscatini, Carlo Badioli
Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbier di Siviglia / Gabriele Santini, Luigi Alva, Sesto Bruscatini, Carlo Badioli

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-09-08

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Performers: Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Badioli, Carlo; Bruscantini, Sesto; Carbonari, Virgilio; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Forti, Carlo; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Malagu, Stefania
Conductors: Santini, Gabriele
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

"This performance was recorded live at La Scala on January 20, 1964. Gabriele Santini - who would pass away toward the end of that year...continue...
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ODO 7072
Grand Tier - Donizetti: Belisario / Gavazzeni, Zaccaria, Taddei, et al
Grand Tier - Donizetti: Belisario / Gavazzeni, Zaccaria, Taddei, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-05-12

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario, opera
Performers: Antonini, Giovanni [Bass Vocal]; Carusi, Alfredo; Gencer, Leyla; Grilli, Umberto; Pallini, Rina; Pecile, Mirna; Sebastian, Bruno; Taddei, Giuseppe; Veronese, Augusto; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus

When Leyla Gencer died at age 79 in 2008, the obituary in 'The Guardian' (UK) called her "the greatest Turkish opera singer of the 20th...continue...
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ODO 7064
Grand Tier - Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia
Grand Tier - Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-02-10

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Saffo
Performers: Bianco, Tito Del; Gencer, Leyla; Guggia, Mario; Maniachi, Vittoria; Mattiucci, Franca; Piacente, Maurizio; Quilico, Louis
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

"The cast of this 1967 performance is excellent, led energetically by Franco Capuana... But of course the center of the revival, and its raison d'etre,...continue...
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ODO 7068
Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix / Simonetto, Carosio, Raimondi, Taddei, Corsi, et al
Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix / Simonetto, Carosio, Raimondi, Taddei, Corsi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-02-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix
Performers: Badioli, Carlo; Corsi, Rina; Modesti, Giuseppe; Raimondi, Gianni; Taddei, Giuseppe; Vocals], Margherita Carosio [Soprano
Conductors: Simonetto, Alfredo
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Donizetti had written about sixty operas already when he produced 'Linda di Chamounix', the last and best of his works in the semiseria style. It...continue...
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ODO 1489
Grand Tier - Rossini: Mosè / Sawallisch, Ghiaurov, Verrett, Petri, et al
Grand Tier - Rossini: Mosè / Sawallisch, Ghiaurov, Verrett, Petri, et al

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

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Mosè in Egitto
Performers: Corradi, Giampaolo; Garaventa, Ottavio; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Gusmeroli, Giovanni; Jacopucci, Fernando; Lane, Gloria; Petri, Mario; Ventriglia, Franco; Verrett, Shirley [Mezzo Soprano Voca...
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

This is a fine Rossini opera, once very famous especially for the noble "Prayer of Moses," but was neglected in the 20th century along with...continue...
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ODO 7063
Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Stravinsky, et al
Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Stravinsky, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-10-14

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Rake's Progress
Performers: Arie, Raffaele; Cuenod, Hugues; Kraus, Otakar; Rounseville, Robert; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Tangemann, Nell; Tourel, Jennie
Conductors: Stravinsky, Igor
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

This is a historical recording of the opera's world premiere in 1951, conducted by Stravinsky himself....continue...
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Grand Tier - Rossini: L'Assedio di Corinto / Schippers, Sills, Horne, etc
Grand Tier - Rossini: L'Assedio di Corinto / Schippers, Sills, Horne, etc

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-10-14

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'assedio di Corinto
Performers: Bonisolli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Foiani, Giovanni; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Paoli, Milna; Sills, Beverly [Soprano Vocals]; Vocals], Justino Diaz [Bass Baritone; Washingt...
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Live performance from La Scala in 1969 of this Rossini rarity, with much the same cast as the studio recording now out of print and...continue...
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ODO 7065
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
Dvorak: Rusalka / Gregor, Stratas, Zidek, et al
Dvorak: Rusalka / Gregor, Stratas, Zidek, et al

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

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Alexander, Roberta [Soprano Vocals]; Bello, Angela; Boer, Nico; Dielemann, Marianne; Killebrew, Gwendolyn; Philippo, Ans; Stratas, Teresa; White, Willard [Bass Vocals]; Zidek, Ivo; Zijl, Fons van
Conductors: Gregor, Bohumil
Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Orchestra

Dvorak's most popular opera contains "The Song to the Moon," one of the most gorgeous soprano arias ever written, but the rest of the music...continue...
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ODO 7059
Prokofiev: The Gambler / Lazarev, Maslennikov, et al
Prokofiev: The Gambler / Lazarev, Maslennikov, et al

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

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: The Gambler, opera, Op. 24
Performers: Andryushchenko, Georgy; Borissova, Galina; Kasrashvili, Makvala; Maslennikov, Alexei; Ognivtsiev, Alexander
Conductors: Lazarev, Alexander
Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

'The Gambler' was Prokofiev's first opera to gain a public performance, and the first opera ever based on a story by Dostoyevsky. It is funny,...continue...

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ODO 7058
Grand Tier - Verdi: Ernani / Gavazzeni, Prevedi, Caballé, Christoff
Grand Tier - Verdi: Ernani / Gavazzeni, Prevedi, Caballé, Christoff

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Performers: Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Christoff, Boris; Fiorentini, Mirella; Glossop, Peter; Morresi, Giuseppe; Prevedi, Bruno; Ricciardi, Franco
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan

"Bruno Prevedi... sings ardently, is stylistically right, has all the notes, and makes a good bandito. Peter Glossop [is]... a superb Carlo, dignified and noble......continue...
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Grand Tier - Strauss: Arabella / Rennert, Caballé, Nimsgern, Kollo, etc
Grand Tier - Strauss: Arabella / Rennert, Caballé, Nimsgern, Kollo, etc

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

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella
Performers: Borgato, Renato; Caballé, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Dominguez, Oralia; Falcone, Licia; Freiberger, Manfred; Gaifa, Carlo; Kollo, René [Tenor Vocal]; Miljakovic, Olivera; Moll, Kurt; ...
Conductors: Rennert, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

'Arabella' was first heard in 1933. A kind of sequel to 'Der Rosenkavalier' of 1911, it was to take its place as one of Richard...continue...
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ODO 7056
Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy / Gatto, Caballé, Bruson, Casoni
Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy / Gatto, Caballé, Bruson, Casoni

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2008-05-13

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy
Performers: Bruson, Renato; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Casoni, Bianca Maria; Lamberti, Giorgio; Machi, Mario; Rinaudo, Mario
Conductors: Gatto, Armando
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

This historic 1975 recording with the great Montserrat Caballe presents the first revival of this once-popular Donizetti opera, which had been unperformed for over seventy...continue...
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ODO 7055
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
Grand Tier - Verdi: Il Trovatore / Gavazzeni, Bergonzi, Tucci, et al
Grand Tier - Verdi: Il Trovatore / Gavazzeni, Bergonzi, Tucci, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo; Cappuccilli, Piero; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Fiorentini, Mirella; Simionato, Giulietta; Tucci, Gabriella; Vinco, Ivo
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

This recording, which has been a best-seller in the standard Opera d’Oro budget catalogue, represents a live performance by the world-famous La Scala opera company...continue...
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ODO 7045
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
Opera Obsession! Act IV - Opera d'Oro's Greatest Hits
Opera Obsession! Act IV - Opera d'Oro's Greatest Hits

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-09-04

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47; Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos; Ernani; Macbeth; Rigoletto; Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka; Wo...
Performers: Brilioth, Helge; Caballé, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Corelli, Franco; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Domingo, Placido; Dominguez, Oralia; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; ...

The fourth volume in Opera d'Oro's best-selling super-budget series celebrating the very best tracks from the vast Opera d'Oro catalog! Features the greatest singers of...continue...
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ODO 1004
Grand Tier - Bellini: I Puritani / Muti, Pavarotti, Freni, Bruscantini
Grand Tier - Bellini: I Puritani / Muti, Pavarotti, Freni, Bruscantini

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

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera
Performers: Antonini, Giovanni [Bass Vocal]; Bruscantini, Sesto; Fiorentini, Mirella; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Giaiotti, Bonaldo; Pavarotti, Luciano; Venturini, Mino
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

"Mirella Freni [is] at her vocally most impeccable and emotionally most communicative and her Elvira is a lovely creation. Pavarotti sings with grace, ease, and...continue...
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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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Grand Tier - R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc
Grand Tier - R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc

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

Works: Richard Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75
Performers: Aldenhoff, Bernd; Holm, Richard; Kupper, Annelies; Malaniuk, Ira; Rysanek, Leonie; Uhde, Hermann
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

"A tremendous performance. While in mono and obviously not comparable to the range of Telarc's digital recording, it is, in fact, better balanced, and the...continue...
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Grand Tier - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan
Grand Tier - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-04-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Carlin, Mario; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Panerai, Rolando; Villa, Luisa; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]; Zampieri, Giuseppe
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Live performance, Berlin, September 29, 1955. One of the greatest live complete opera recordings starring Maria Callas, and the best of her recordings of Lucia...continue...
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Grand Tier - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Votto, et al
Grand Tier - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Votto, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-04-10

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
Performers: Amadini, Maria; Benatti, Erminio; Cazzato, Michele; Cesarini, Athos; Coda, Eraldo; Corelli, Franco; Forti, Carlo; Frazzoni, Gigliola; Gobbi, Tito; Latinucci, Pier Luigi; Mercuriali, Angelo; Morresi, ...
Conductors: Votto, Antonino
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

"Franco Corelli gives us the most vocally thrilling Dick Johnson of all his burnished, brawny tone makes him both lovable and heroic. Tito Gobbi's Jack...continue...
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Grand Tier - Verdi: Nabucco / Gavazzeni, Guelfi, Suliotis, Ghiaurov
Grand Tier - Verdi: Nabucco / Gavazzeni, Guelfi, Suliotis, Ghiaurov

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-03-20

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Performers: de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Fiorentini, Mirella; Foiani, Giovanni; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Lane, Gloria; Raimondi, Gianni; Suliotis, Elena
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Produced in March 1842, Nabucco was Verdi's first triumph with the public and (most) critics, establishing him as a great composer. The audience at the...continue...
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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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ODO 1470
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Basile, Scotto, Mattiucci, et al
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Basile, Scotto, Mattiucci, et al

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Performers: Cioni, Renato; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Mattiucci, Franca; Palombi, Luciana; Ricciardi, Franco; Rinaldi, Alberto; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Susca, Vito
Conductors: Basile, Arturo
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin

"Scotto [is] in complete control of all her faculties... Remarkable!" - ClassicsToday.com...continue...
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Grand Tier - Bellini: La Straniera / Gracis, Scotto, et al
Grand Tier - Bellini: La Straniera / Gracis, Scotto, et al

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

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: La Straniera, opera
Performers: Andreolli, Florindo; Mazzieri, Maurizio; Prior, Beniamino; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Signor, Francesco; Trimarchi, Domenico [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Zilio, Elena
Conductors: Gracis, Ettore
Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus

"[Scotto] gives her all and takes lots of risks All aspects of her performance improve upon the 1968 version First-rate Bellini and first-rate Scotto, a...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 Vocal]; Mayr, Ingrid; Rysanek, Leonie; Sc...
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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Opera D'Oro at the Movies / Pavarotti, Callas, et al
Opera D'Oro at the Movies / Pavarotti, Callas, et al

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Gianni Schicchi, opera; La Rondine; Tosca; Turandot; Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; La traviata; La forza del destino; Vincenzo Bellini: N...
Performers: Arroyo, Martina; Bergonzi, Carlo; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Corelli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Freni,...

Opera music can heighten the tension of drama, add passion to a romance, or even underscore the antics of a comedy. Beyond its critical role...continue...
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ODO 1010
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
Verdi: Rigoletto / Previtali, MacNeil, Scotto, Tucker
Verdi: Rigoletto / Previtali, MacNeil, Scotto, Tucker

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Performers: Boschetti, Guerrino; Carrizo, Martha; Gagliardo, Giulio; MacNeil, Cornell; Mastrango, Orazio; Mata, Carmen de la; Narke, Victor de; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Silva, Stella Maris; Souza, Noemi;...
Conductors: Previtali, Fernando
Ensemble: Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra

"MacNeil was one of the last of the true dramatic Verdi baritones, and the end of his career left a void that is still unfilled."...continue...
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Rossini: William Tell / Previtali, Guelfi, Gencer, Raimondi
Rossini: William Tell / Previtali, Guelfi, Gencer, Raimondi

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-09-12

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Guglielmo Tell
Performers: Bersiani, Leyla; Campi, Enrico; Gencer, Leyla; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Marangoni, Bruno; Pagliuca, Silviano; Raimondi, Gianni; Rota, Anna Maria; Washington, Paolo
Conductors: Previtali, Fernando
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus

Rossini had already written dozens of successful operas and was wealthy by the time he decided to retire from the stage in the late 1820s....continue...
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ODO 1461
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-08-22

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Fischer, Res; Greindl, Josef; London, George [Baritone Vocal]; Paskuda, Georg; Rysanek, Leonie; Uhl, Fritz
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Wagner's early masterpiece is heard in an authoritative, truly classic performance from the composer's own theater in Bayreuth, Germany, the shrine and Mecca of the...continue...
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ODO 7030
Tippett: Midsummer Marriage / Pritchard, Sutherland, Lewis
Tippett: Midsummer Marriage / Pritchard, Sutherland, Lewis

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

Works: Michael Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage, opera in 3 acts
Performers: Coates, Edith; Kraus, Otakar; Lanigan, John; Leigh, Adele; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Sinclair, Monica; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Pritchard, John
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

Michael Tippet (1905-1998) became one of the most influential and respected British composers with several major operas to his credit, of which 'The Midsummer Marriage'...continue...
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ODO 1459
Rossini: Zelmira / Franci, Zeani, Tagger, Limarilli, Rota
Rossini: Zelmira / Franci, Zeani, Tagger, Limarilli, Rota

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-06-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Zelmira
Performers: Limarilli, Gastone; Mazzini, Guido; Moretti, Giuseppe; Rota, Anna Maria; Tagger, Nicola; Vocals], Virginia Zeani [Soprano; Washington, Paolo
Conductors: Franci, Carlo
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus

One of Rossini's least-known operas, 'Zelmira' nevertheless contains much excellent music, sometimes rising to the very best Rossini has to offer. The heroine is sung...continue...
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ODO 1455
Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila/ Fournet, Vickers
Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila/ Fournet, Vickers

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-06-13

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
Performers: Bilt, Peter van der; Blanc, Ernest; Dominguez, Oralia; Driessen, Henk; Vickers, Jon
Conductors: Fournet, Jean
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chorus

"If you haven't heard Vickers in the role of Samson, you haven't heard Samson... [he is] caught here in his absolute prime...Oralia Dominguez sings Dalila...it'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
Grand Tier - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Maazel
Grand Tier - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Maazel

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

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
Performers: Cossotto, Fiorenza; Gavarini, Renato; Pastori, Antonietta; Tatozzi, Vittorio; Vinco, Ivo
Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

"This live performance...is of particular interest to fans of mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto, here caught early in her career, before the voice had grown into the...continue...
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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan, Callas
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan, Callas

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

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Carlin, Mario; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Panerai, Rolando; Villa, Luisa; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]; Zampieri, Giuseppe
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

"Callas brings a passion and intimacy to the role that no other soprano [in the last] century has equaled...Karajan creates ideal support for Callas' blinding...continue...
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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Gavazzeni, Simionato
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Gavazzeni, Simionato

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

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
Performers: Allegri, Maria Grazia; Carturan, Gabriella; Corelli, Franco; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Simionato, Giulietta
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

"This live [1963] recording of 'Cavalleria Rusticana'...features a group of singers 'to the manner born,' all in their prime, and a conductor who was a...continue...
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Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia
Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia

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

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Saffo
Performers: Bianco, Tito Del; Gencer, Leyla; Guggia, Mario; Maniachi, Vittoria; Mattiucci, Franca; Piacente, Maurizio; Quilico, Louis
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

If it had not been for Bellini, and Donizetti, and Verdi...and maybe even Cimarosa and Paisiello...Pacini would be famous today. But as he himself sadly...continue...
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ODO 1450
Puccini: Edgar / Cillario, Luchetti, Sighele, et al
Puccini: Edgar / Cillario, Luchetti, Sighele, et al

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera
Performers: Casoni, Bianca Maria; Colella, Alfredo; Luchetti, Veriano; Scorsoni, Renzo; Sighele, Mietta
Conductors: Cillario, Carlo Felice
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin

In later years Puccini himself disowned 'Edgar,' his second opera, referring to it as a "blunder," and yet even the least efforts of great composers...continue...
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ODO 1449
Legendary Performances of Renata Tebaldi - 7 Operas
Legendary Performances of Renata Tebaldi - 7 Operas

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco; La traviata; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; La Fanciulla del West; Alfredo Catalani: La Wally; Umberto Giordano: Fedora; Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele
Performers: Amedeo, Giovanni; Assandri, Virginio; Barbesi, Attilio; Barioni, Daniele; Bergonzi, Carlo; Borriello, Mario; Buccini, Vittorio; Campi, Enrico; Carbonari, Virgilio; Caroli, Angelo; Caruso, Mariano; Ca...
Conductors: Simonetto, Alfredo; Giulini, Carlo Maria; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Basile, Arturo; Gardelli, Lamberto
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan; Italian Radio Chorus Rome; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan; Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus; Orc...

Throughout the 1950s and '60s Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004) was one of the best-loved sopranos in the world. Famous both for the stunning beauty of her...continue...
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ODO 5601
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
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al

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

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Fischer, Res; Greindl, Josef; London, George [Baritone Vocal]; Paskuda, Georg; Rysanek, Leonie; Uhl, Fritz
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

Wagner's early masterpiece is heard in an authoritative, truly classic performance from the composer's own theater in Bayreuth, Germany, the shrine and Mecca of the...continue...
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