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Pavarotti: Essential Performances / Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Leoncavallo, et al.
Pavarotti: Essential Performances / Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Leoncavallo, et al.

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; I Lombardi; La Traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: La Figlia del reggimento; La Favorita; L' Elisir d'amore; Lucia de Lammermoor; Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Turandot; Edua...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

This disc contains an overview of some of Pavarotti's most famous and beloved recorded opera arias and songs, opening with a universal favorite, "La donna...continue...
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ODO 6009
Introduction To Pavarotti / Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, De Curtis, Mozart, Massenet, Tosti
Introduction To Pavarotti / Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, De Curtis, Mozart, Massenet, Tosti

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; Luisa Miller; Requiem; Il Trovatore; Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera; I Puritani, opera; Ernesto de Curtis: Non ti scordar di me; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

Although famous for his starring roles in the most familiar operas of Verdi and Puccini, Luciano Pavarotti had a wide range of repertoire outside opera....continue...
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ODO 6010
Intimate Pavarotti / Beethoven, Bellini, Liszt, Mascagni, Donizetti, Verdi, Schubert, et al.
Intimate Pavarotti / Beethoven, Bellini, Liszt, Mascagni, Donizetti, Verdi, Schubert, et al.

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

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133; Vincenzo Bellini: Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano; Ariette da Camera; Franz Liszt: Pace non trovo (Sonnetto no 104), song for ...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

With one exception, all the numbers on this recording are from the non-operatic repertoire for which Pavarotti was famous on the recital stage, a venue...continue...
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ODO 6012
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
A Passion for Pavaraotti: The Barcelona Recital
A Passion for Pavaraotti: The Barcelona Recital

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-10-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588; Idomeneo; Gioachino Rossini: Les soirées musicales; La Danza; Vincenzo Bellini: Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano; Arietta da...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

A lavish performance by one of the world's greatest tenors! This exclusive DVD+CD set provides an opportunity to see and hear one of the greatest...continue...
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ODO 6007
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
A Passion For Pavarotti: The Neapolitan Songbook
A Passion For Pavarotti: The Neapolitan Songbook

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-01-11

Works: Cesare Andrea Bixio: Mamma; La mia canzone al vento; Vincenzo Bellini: Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano; Arturo Buzzi-Peccia: Lolita "Spanish Serenade"; Vincenzo De Crescenzo: Rondine...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

Twenty-two groundbreaking historical performances by the legendary Luciano Pavarotti, featuring Neapolitan songs by Donizetti, Bellini, Tosti, Bixio, De Curtis, and many more....continue...
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ODO 6005
Pavarotti Passion, Vol. 2
Pavarotti Passion, Vol. 2

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2010-08-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L' elisir d'amore, opera; La fille du régiment; Lucia di Lammermoor; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo; Don Giovanni; Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore; Rigoletto; Luisa Miller; Fr...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

Born in Modena, a small town in northern Italy, Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) was the son of a baker and amateur tenor. He grew up surrounded...continue...
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ODO 6002
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...
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ODO 7074
Passione / Pavarotti
Passione / Pavarotti

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Luisa Miller; I lombardi; Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera; I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor; La Favorita; La figlia del reggimento;...
Performers: Pavarotti, Luciano

Born in Modena, a small town in northern Italy, Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) was the son of a baker and amateur tenor. He grew up surrounded...continue...
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ODO 6001
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
Verdi: Aroldo / Rinaldi, Ceccheli, et al
Verdi: Aroldo / Rinaldi, Ceccheli, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aroldo
Performers: Cecchele, Gianfranco; Gulin, Angeles; Millauro, Carlo; Minetto, Maria; Montefusco, Licinio; Munzi, Marcello; Zanazzo, Alfredo
Conductors: Rinaldi, Maurizio
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan

Few recordings exist of the sensational artistry of Spanish soprano Angeles Gulin (1939–2002), whose enormous, dark voice was said to have set the crystal chandeliers...continue...
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ODO 7071
Hindemith: Cardillac / Keilberth, et al
Hindemith: Cardillac / Keilberth, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2009-04-14

Works: Paul Hindemith: Cardillac, opera, Op. 39
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Grobe, Donald; Katz, Eberhard; Kirschstein, Leonore; Kohn, Karl Christian; Nett, Willi; Söderström, Elisabeth
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Chorus

The only recording ever made of this 20th-century masterpiece features the towering artistry of Fischer-Dieskau in the title role of a Renaissance goldsmith who murders...continue...
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ODO 7067
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 - Bellini: Il pirata / Capuana, Caballé, Labo, Cappuccilli, et al
Grand Tier - Bellini: Il pirata / Capuana, Caballé, Labo, Cappuccilli, et al

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

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Il Pirata, opera
Performers: Baratti, Giuseppe; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Cappuccilli, Piero; Labo, Flaviano; Rafanelli, Flora; Trama, Ugo
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra

This is a 1967 live recording from Italy of this early Bellini opera, starring the immortal Montserrat Caballe in the heyday of her magnificent voice....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
Puccini: Turandot
Puccini: Turandot

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Performers: Alunno, Giandomenico; Binci, Mario; Carlin, Mino; Castellano, Elio; Cavalieri, Anna de; Cecchele, Gianfranco; Frascati, Tommaso; Marimpietri, Lidia; Valdengo, Giuseppe
Conductors: Scaglia, Ferruccio
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

There can never be enough recordings of this beloved opera, and this rare one from Radio Italy in 1965 highlights not only the fine tenor...continue...
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ODO 1485
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
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
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
Giordano: Fedora / Basile, Tebaldi, di Stefano, Sereni
Giordano: Fedora / Basile, Tebaldi, di Stefano, Sereni

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

Works: Umberto Giordano: Fedora
Performers: Amedeo, Giovanni; Buccini, Vittorio; Campi, Enrico; Caruso, Mariano; Chiocca, Gennaro; Cioffi, Mario; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Esca, Pina; Frosini, Mario; Mezetti, Sofia; Padillo, Luigi; ...
Conductors: Basile, Arturo
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

Enrico Caruso sang in the premiere of this opera in 1898, and it became a favorite worldwide. Giordano's opera 'Andrea Chenier' eventually surpassed it in...continue...
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ODO 7054
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
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
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Performers: Bosco, Carlo del; Casarini, Gianfranco; Domingo, Placido; Federici, Franco; Fioravanti, Giulio; Lorenzi, Ermanno; Mariotti, Alfredo; Olivero, Magda; Ricciardi, Franco
Conductors: Santi, Nello
Ensemble: Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra

Perhaps the greatest May-December match-up in opera recording, this thrilling live performance of Manon Lescaut stars tenor Placido Domingo near the beginning of his career,...continue...
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ODO 7050
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
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
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Fassbaender, et al
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Fassbaender, et al

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

Works: Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Performers: Bence, Margarete; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Hooley, William; Klarwein, Franz; Kusche, Benno; Paskuda, Georg; Peter, Albrecht; Popp, Sophie; Ridderbusch, Karl; Thaw, David; Waas, A...
Conductors: Kleiber, Carlos
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

Another entry in the immortal catalogue of conductor Carlos Kleiber (1930–2004), a colossus among 20th-century musicians. Although Kleiber had one of the most limited repertoires...continue...
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ODO 7046
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
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
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
Verdi: Il Corsaro / Lopez-Cobos, Lamberti, Ricciarelli
Verdi: Il Corsaro / Lopez-Cobos, Lamberti, Ricciarelli

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Il corsaro
Performers: Bruson, Renato; Fabbris, Guido; Gulin, Angeles; Lamberti, Giorgio; Mazzieri, Maurizio; Ricciarelli, Katia
Conductors: López-Cobos, Jesús
Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra

Listed as thirteenth among Verdi's stage works, Il corsaro was actually conceived years before it was finished. By the time it was finally produced in...continue...
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ODO 1476
Grand Tier - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Kleiber, Minton
Grand Tier - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Kleiber, Minton

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

Works: Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Brilioth, Helge; Feldhoff, Heinz; Ligendza, Catarina; McIntyre, Donald; Minton, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Moll, Kurt; Steinbach, Heribert; Zednik, Heinz
Conductors: Kleiber, Carlos
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"This performance is truly stunning: it delivers the most powerful first act I've ever heard, with Isolde's rage absolutely terrifying-and the rest of the opera...continue...

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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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HBDirect Recommended Recording ODO 7043
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 - 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 vocals]; Valletti, Cesare [Ten...
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 - 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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