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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
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 - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Khaikin, Vishnevskaya, et al
Grand Tier - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Khaikin, Vishnevskaya, et al

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

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Eugen Onegin
Performers: Avdeyeva, Larissa; Belov, Eugene; Lemeshev, Sergei; Mikhailov, Igor; Pankov, Georgy; Petrov, Ivan; Petrova, Valentina; Verbitskaya, Yevgenia; Vishnevskaya, Galina
Conductors: Khaikin, Boris; Sokolov, Andrei
Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Chorus

"This recording made by Melodiya in 1955 captures a remarkable performance of Eugene Onegin with performers from the Bolshoi Opera during one of its golden...continue...

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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
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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ODO 7061
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
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
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
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
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al

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

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Performers: Bacquier, Gabriel; Guy, Henri; Martino, Adriana; Pilou, Jeannette; Reynolds, Anna; Rovetta, Teodoro; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra

This live 1969 broadcast performance of Debussy's operatic masterpiece, one of the seminal vocal works of the twentieth century, joins the Grand Tier catalogue with...continue...
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ODO 7047
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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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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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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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al

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

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Performers: Bacquier, Gabriel; Guy, Henri; Martino, Adriana; Pilou, Jeannette; Reynolds, Anna; Rovetta, Teodoro; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra

This live 1969 broadcast performance of Debussy's operatic masterpiece-and one of the seminal vocal works of the 20th century- has long been unavailable, and is...continue...
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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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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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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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Grand Tier - Weber: Der Freischütz / Kleiber, Grümmer, et al
Grand Tier - Weber: Der Freischütz / Kleiber, Grümmer, et al

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

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, J 277
Performers: Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Grummer, Elisabeth; Horn, Heiner; Kaltwasser, Brigitte; Marschner, Kurt; Munch, Richard; Poell, Alfred; Proebstl, Max; Schulz, Lucy; Siemeling, Marlies; Streich, Rita; Vocal...
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich
Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Orchestra

Der Freischutz was the first great German national opera, breaking the stranglehold of the Italians over the opera world. Its premiere in 1821 was a...continue...
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Verdi: Ernani / Votto, Kabaivanska, Domingo, Ghiaurov
Verdi: Ernani / Votto, Kabaivanska, Domingo, Ghiaurov

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Performers: de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido; Ghiaurov, Nicolai; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Kabaivanska, Raina; Meliciani, Carlo; Pauli, Milena
Conductors: Votto, Antonino
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Ernani had its premiere in 1844 and went on swiftly to conquer the world's theaters, remaining one of Verdi's most popular operas for many decades....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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ODO 1470
Grand Tier - Verdi: Don Carlo / Stein, Corelli, Janowitz
Grand Tier - Verdi: Don Carlo / Stein, Corelli, Janowitz

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-11-14

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Corelli, Franco; Franc, Tugomir; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Gruberova, Edita; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Talvela, Martti; Verrett, Shirley [Mezzo Soprano Vocals]; Wa...
Conductors: Stein, Horst
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"Franco Corelli never recorded the role of Carlos commercially so this is instantly valuable; and indeed the tenor is in magnificent voice - pungent, emotionally...continue...
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Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon
Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-11-14

Works: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Le Domino Noir, opera; Fra Diavolo
Performers: Berton, Liliane; Betti, Freda; Campora, Giuseppe; Corena, Fernando; Demigny, Bernard; Maurun, Gilbert; Micheau, Janine; Nessi, Giuseppe; Noni, Alda; Orlandini, Gino; Pace, Miti Truccato; Parras, Germ...
Conductors: Gressier, Jules; Simonetto, Alfredo
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan; ORTF Lyric Chorus

Here is a complete performance of Auber's sparkling opera 'Le domino noir', plus highlights from another Auber opera, 'Fra Diavolo'. "Auber's music has an irresistible...continue...
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