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Donizetti: La Favorita / Fedora Barbieri, Gianni Raimondi, Carlo Tagliabue, Giulio Neri
Donizetti: La Favorita / Fedora Barbieri, Gianni Raimondi, Carlo Tagliabue, Giulio Neri

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-09-10

Conductors: Questa, Angelo
Ensemble: RAI Symphony Chorus Turin; RAI Symphony Orchestra Turin

The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once said, "the opera La Favorita is all beautiful; the last act - every note a masterpiece." Perhaps even more...continue...
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Verdi: Aida / Franco Corelli, Mary Curtis-Verna, Miriam Pirazzini. Questa (Turin 1956)
Verdi: Aida / Franco Corelli, Mary Curtis-Verna, Miriam Pirazzini. Questa (Turin 1956)

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-08-13

Conductors: Questa, Angelo
Ensemble: RAI Symphony Chorus; RAI Symphony Orchestra

Radames, a military hero in ancient Egypt, is engaged to Amneris, the Pharaoh's daughter, but secretly loves the slave girl Aida instead. Exposed as a...continue...
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Pavarotti: The Superstar - Includes Neapolitan Songs; Bel Canto; Love Songs [5 CD]
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ODO 6201
Luciano Pavarotti Sings Italian Opera
Luciano Pavarotti Sings Italian Opera

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-04-09


Many opera singers, regardless of their nationality, sing a variety of operas in many different languages, but Pavarotti was one whose heart, and art, remained...continue...
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ODO 6018
A Life in Music - Music from Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart and Massenet / Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
A Life in Music - Music from Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart and Massenet / Luciano Pavarotti, tenor

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-04-09


The career of Luciano Pavarotti spanned 45 years, one of the longest careers of any operatic singer. His debut took place in Italy in Puccini'...continue...
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ODO 6013
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Franco Bonisolli, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Wolfgang Brendel - Ozawa
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Franco Bonisolli, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Wolfgang Brendel - Ozawa

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2012-10-09

Conductors: Ozawa, Seiji
Ensemble: RAI Chorus Rome; RAI Orchestra Rome

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Ozawa can keep it together and produce a thrill-a-minute ... The Rome orchestra plays handsomely, the chorus is gloriously straight jacketed into its individual...continue...
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A Passion for Pavarotti: Duets & Trios & Ensembles
A Passion for Pavarotti: Duets & Trios & Ensembles

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2011-07-12


Twenty-two groundbreaking historical performances by the legendary Luciano Pavarotti!...continue...
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ODO 6006
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
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

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


Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) wrote three operas based on the lives of English Queens: Anna Bolena (1830), Maria Stuarda (1834), and Roberto Devereux (1837). None of...continue...
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ODO 7079
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
Verdi: Stiffelio / Del Monaco, Gulin, De Fabritii, et al
Verdi: Stiffelio / Del Monaco, Gulin, De Fabritii, et al

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

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

Currently this is not only the only mid-price version of Stiffelio with a libretto - it's the only available recording, period! And a fine one...continue...
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ODO 7075
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
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 - 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, opera
Performers: Corradi, Giampaolo; Garaventa, Ottavio; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; Gusmeroli, Giovanni; Jacopucci, Fernando; Lane, Gloria; Petri, Mario; Ventriglia, Franco; Verrett, Shirley [Mezzo Soprano Vocal...
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
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
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
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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Bliss: The Olympians / Fairfax, Ambrosian Singers & Soloists, et al
Bliss: The Olympians / Fairfax, Ambrosian Singers & Soloists, et al

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

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

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

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

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
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 [Tenor Vocals]; 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; Höngen, Elisabeth; Herrmann, Josef; Kenney, Marghe...
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
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, Op. 59
Performers: Bence, Margarete; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Hooley, William; Klarwein, Franz; Kusche, Benno; Paskuda, Georg; Peter, Albrecht; Popp, Sophie; Ridderbusch, Karl; Thaw, David; Waas, An...
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 - 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 [Tenor Vocals]; 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
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 [Tenor Vocals]; Cava, Carlo; Jotti, Renza; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Taddei, Giuseppe
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
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ODO 7044
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; ...
Performers: Brilioth, Helge; Caballé, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Corelli, Franco; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Dominguez, Oralia; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-so...

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

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

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

"Mirella Freni [is] at her vocally most impeccable and emotionally most communicative and her Elvira is a lovely creation. Pavarotti sings with grace, ease, and...continue...
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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 - 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 - 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 von
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 - 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 Vocal]; 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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Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso / Loehrer, Rizzoli, Oncina
Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso / Loehrer, Rizzoli, Oncina

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

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso, opera
Performers: Bassi-Ferrari, Irene; Catalani, Nestore; Loomis, James; Malacarne, Rodolfo; Minetto, Maria; Oncina, Juan; Rizzoli, Bruna; Rovetta, Teodoro
Conductors: Loehrer, Edwin
Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra

Il giovedi grasso (Fat Thursday) is one of several of Donizetti's short comic operas that have been dusted off in recent years with considerable success....continue...
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ODO 1472
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, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77)
Performers: Böhme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Grummer, Elisabeth; Hopf, Hans; Horn, Heiner; Kaltwasser, Brigitte; Marschner, Kurt; Munch, Richard; Poell, Alfred; Proebstl, Max; Schulz, Lucy; Siemeling, Marlies; Str...
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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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
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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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 Vocal]; Gruberova, Edita; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Talvela, Martti; Verrett, Shirley [Mezzo Soprano Vocals]; Wac...
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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Grand Tier - Bellini: La Straniera / Gracis, Scotto, et al
Grand Tier - Bellini: La Straniera / Gracis, Scotto, et al

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

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

"[Scotto] gives her all and takes lots of risks All aspects of her performance improve upon the 1968 version First-rate Bellini and first-rate Scotto, a...continue...
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Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek
Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek

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

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

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

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

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

Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944) is a fascinating figure in the later history of traditional Italian opera. Long regarded by many as the putative heir to Puccini,...continue...
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ODO 1462
Verdi: Rigoletto / Previtali, MacNeil, Scotto, Tucker
Verdi: Rigoletto / Previtali, MacNeil, Scotto, Tucker

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

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

"MacNeil was one of the last of the true dramatic Verdi baritones, and the end of his career left a void that is still unfilled."...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording ODO 1465
Donizetti: Il Furioso all'isola di San Domingo / Capuana
Donizetti: Il Furioso all'isola di San Domingo / Capuana

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

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo, opera
Performers: Filacuridi, Nicola; Maionica, Alfredo; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Savarese, Ugo; Tavolaccini, Giuliana; Tucci, Gabriella
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Siena Opera Orchestra

"Along with 'Linda di Chamonix' this is the most successful of Donizetti's semiseria operas... the element of pathos that ran so deep in Donizetti finds...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording ODO 1463
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Tippet (1905-1998) became one of the most influential and respected British composers with several major operas to his credit, of which 'The Midsummer Marriage'...continue...
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ODO 1459
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
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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Grand Tier - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Maazel
Grand Tier - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Maazel

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

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

"This live performance...is of particular interest to fans of mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto, here caught early in her career, before the voice had grown into the...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording ODO 7021
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 [Tenor Vocals]; Borriello, Mario; Buccini, Vittorio; Campi, Enrico; Carbonari, Virgilio; Caroli, Angelo; Caru...
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
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al

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

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

Chilean singer Ramon Vinay is little remembered today because of the rarity of his recordings, but he is considered by many to be the greatest...continue...
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ODO 1438
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 [Tenor Vocals]; 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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HBDirect Recommended Recording ODO 1436
 
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