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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: 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
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
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

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

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

Live 1963 performance from La Scala, Milan, in excellent sound....continue...
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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
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
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
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
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 - 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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ODO 1473
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
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 - 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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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Watson, Fassbaender
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Watson, Fassbaender

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

Works: Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Performers: Bence, Margarete; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Groote, Hilda de; Hooley, William; Kusche, Benno; Paskuda, Georg; Peter, Albrecht; Ridderbusch, Karl; Thaw, David; Waas, Anneliese; Wat...
Conductors: Kleiber, Carlos
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Chorus

The premiere of the opera on January 26, 1911, at the Hofoper in Dresden, was a magnificent success, and 'Der Rosenkavalier's' luster has scarcely dimmed...continue...
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ODO 1466
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 - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek
Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek

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

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

"Other recordings of 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' have been in and out of the catalogue, some even with similar casts. This version... may be the...continue...
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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, José [Tenor Vocal]; Corelli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal];...

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
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
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al

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

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

Puccini first got the idea for this work during a performance of an operetta he was attending in Vienna. The directors of the theater approached...continue...
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ODO 1453
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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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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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
Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Santi, Domingo, Olivero, et al
Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Santi, Domingo, Olivero, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-09-20

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

"This set was recorded live in Verona in 1970, when Placido Domingo was still barely known, and it captures him in fantastically exciting form -...continue...
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Smetana: Dalibor / Krips, Rysanek, Spiess, et al
Smetana: Dalibor / Krips, Rysanek, Spiess, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-09-20

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Dalibor, B 133/T 96
Performers: Czerwenka, Oskar; Dallapozza, Adolf; Franc, Tugomir; Kreppel, Walter; Rysanek, Leonie; Rysanek, Lotte; Spiess, Ludovic; Wachter, Eberhard
Conductors: Krips, Josef
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

An exciting performance of Smetana's historic/tragic operatic masterpiece, 'Dalibor', a romantic tale of chivalry and patriotism. Gustav Mahler first conducted 'Dalibor' in Vienna and this...continue...
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ODO 1434
Grand Tier - Puccini: Tosca / Gibson, Milanov, et al
Grand Tier - Puccini: Tosca / Gibson, Milanov, et al

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Performers: Corelli, Franco; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Langdon, Michael; Milanov, Zinka [Soprano Vocal]; Robinson, Forbes; Tree, David
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

"Regardless of how many 'Toscas' decorate your shelves, you wouldn't want to miss the only one with the pairing of Zinka Milanov and Franco Corelli....continue...
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Grand Tier - Giordano: Andrea Chénier / Matacic, Tebaldi
Grand Tier - Giordano: Andrea Chénier / Matacic, Tebaldi

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

Works: Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Performers: Bastianini, Ettore; Corelli, Franco; Forti, Carlo; Höngen, Elisabeth; Hurshell, Edmund; Konetzni, Hilde [Soprano Vocals]; Sjostedt, Margaret; Tebaldi, Renata [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Matacic, Lovro von
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

"Corelli was born to sing this role... He 'is' Chenier... [Tebaldi's] singing combines feverish intensity with a meltingly beautiful tone... The Vienna Phiilharmonic plays magnificently...continue...
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Perlea, Bjoerling, Albanese, et al
Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Perlea, Bjoerling, Albanese, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-04-26

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Calabrese, Franco; Campi, Enrico; Carlin, Mario; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Perlea, Jonel
Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra

"This 'classic' 1954 recording is indeed that: I'd be hard pressed to think of a better performance of this opera, either live or on discs....continue...
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Grand Tier - Puccini: Turandot / Gavazzeni, Nilsson, et al
Grand Tier - Puccini: Turandot / Gavazzeni, Nilsson, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-04-05

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Performers: Capecchi, Renato; Corelli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Mercuriali, Angelo; Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Ricciardi, Franco; Vishnevskaya, Galina; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

"...What a show it is! We get Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson at their most enflamed and potent, with the ultra-feminine and fascinating Galina Vishnevskaya...continue...

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Grand Tier - Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, et al
Grand Tier - Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-10-05

Works: Jules Massenet: Sapho, lyric piece in 5 acts (2 versions)
Performers: Andrew, Milla; Dickerson, Bernard; Hill, Jenny; MacPherson, George; Oliver, Alexander; Sarti, Laura; Taylor, Nelson
Conductors: Keefe, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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ODO 7015
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila / Fournet, et al
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila / Fournet, et al

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

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
Performers: Bilt, Peter van der; Blanc, Ernest; Dominguez, Oralia; Driessen, Henk; Rijk, Aad De; Vant'Hoff, Bert; Vickers, Jon
Conductors: Fournet, Jean
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Symphony

An oustanding recording of the most famous opera by Saint-Saens, and one of the glories of the entire French opera repertoire, in crystalline sound with...continue...
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ODO 1405
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur/ Rossi, Corelli, Olivero, et al
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur/ Rossi, Corelli, Olivero, et al

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

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

The masterpiece of composer Francesco Cilea, 'Adriana Lecouvreur' premiered in 1902 with Caruso in the tenor lead. It has remained a standard in Italy, though...continue...
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ODO 1410
Massenet: Thaïs / Wolff, Esposito, Massard, Michel, et al
Massenet: Thaïs / Wolff, Esposito, Massard, Michel, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-04-06

Works: Jules Massenet: Thaïs
Performers: Cabane, Hubert; Gabriel, Andre; Harbell, Christiane; Lovano, Lucien; Massard, Robert; Michel, Solange; Mollien, Jean; Vocals], Andree Esposito [Soprano
Conductors: Wolff, Albert
Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra

Once one of Massenet's biggest hits, 'Thais' is seldom heard today except for the suavely beautiful 'Meditation', an orchestral interlude with violin solo; but there...continue...
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ODO 1409
Janacek: Jenufa / Vogel, Jelinkova, Zidek, Krasova, et al
Janacek: Jenufa / Vogel, Jelinkova, Zidek, Krasova, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-03-02

Works: Leos Janácek: Jenufa
Performers: Blachut, Beno; Cadikovicova, Milada; Fidlerova, Miloslava; Hanzalikova, Ludmila; Jedenactik, Vladimir; Jelinkova, Stepanka; Kalas, Karel; Kourimska, Libuse; Krasova, Marta; Musilova, Milada; Subrtova...
Conductors: Vogel, Jaroslav
Ensemble: Prague National Theatre Chorus

'Jenufa' is one of the greatest 20th-century operas, and this brilliant performance stunningly remastered in digital sound, is the only budget issue and one of...continue...
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ODO 1403
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Lehár: The Merry Widow

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-03-02

Works: Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow
Performers: Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Kraus, Otakar; Kunz, Erich; Kurty, Hella; Loose, Emmy; Mattoni, Andre von; Niessner, Anton; Schmidinger, Josef; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Ackermann, Otto
Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra

"The stellar vocal soloists are, then and now, names to conjure with even the smaller roles are well and knowledgeably cast Schwarzkopf shows her seductive...continue...
The mono recording of this work with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in the lead role, in the full bloom of her youth, is a special treat, a brilliant, fully realized version of the work that, even more helpful...continue...
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Grand Tier - Puccini: La Bohème / Schippers, et al
Grand Tier - Puccini: La Bohème / Schippers, et al

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

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème
Performers: Bruscantini, Sesto; Calabrese, Franco; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Frosini, Mario; Maddalena, Alessandro; Maffeo, Gianni; Pavarotti, Luciano; Prisco, Elio; Talarico, Rita; Vocals], Nicola Ghiuse...
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Rome

"There's no death of Bohemes on the market, but this one has a place alongside the best... [Pavarotti is] vocally animated and simply stellar; to...continue...
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Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Böhm, Rysanek, Hopf, et al
Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Böhm, Rysanek, Hopf, et al

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

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

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