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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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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
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 Vocal]; Bello, Angela; Boer, Nico; Dielemann, Marianne; Killebrew, Gwendolyn; Philippo, Ans; Stratas, Teresa; White, Willard [Bass Vocal]; 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
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
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 - 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, Op. 79
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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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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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, opera
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
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
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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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
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
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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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
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, opera
Performers: Abello, André; Ferment, Claudine; Garcia, Francois; Laffage, Jean-Pierre; Novello, Alfred; Plaque, Iris; Saur, Ivan; Spagnol, Gérard; 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
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
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; ...
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
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
Gluck: Paride ed Elena / Rossi, Lászlò, Kozma, et al
Gluck: Paride ed Elena / Rossi, Lászlò, Kozma, et al

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

Works: Christoph Willibald Gluck: O del mio dolce ardor; Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Performers: Antonioli, Doro; Kozma, Lajos; Laszlo, Magda; Mariconda, Valeria; Vajna, Linda; Verra, Lorenza Canepa
Conductors: Rossi, Mario; Sanzogno, Nino

Paride ed Elena, based on the Homeric story of the abduction of the Spartan beauty Helen by the Trojan Paris, seemed to make little initial...continue...
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ODO 1475
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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Grand Tier - R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc
Grand Tier - R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc

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

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

"A tremendous performance. While in mono and obviously not comparable to the range of Telarc's digital recording, it is, in fact, better balanced, and the...continue...
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Grand Tier - Verdi: Falstaff / De Sabata, Stabile, Tebaldi, et al
Grand Tier - Verdi: Falstaff / De Sabata, Stabile, Tebaldi, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Performers: Canali, Anna Maria; Caruso, Mariano; Elmo, Cloe; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Nessi, Giuseppe; Noni, Alda; Silveri, Paolo; Stabile, Mariano; Tebaldi, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Valletti, Cesare [Ten...
Conductors: De Sabata, Victor

"One of the most remarkable performances of anything by Verdi ever captured on a disc. Mariano Stabile's Falstaff was a legendary achievement, dramatically and vocally,...continue...

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Grand Tier - 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 - 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 - 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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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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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 [Tenor Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; 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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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 - Catalani: Loreley / Gavazzeni, Cappuccilli
Grand Tier - Catalani: Loreley / Gavazzeni, Cappuccilli

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

Works: Alfredo Catalani: Loreley
Performers: Cappuccilli, Piero; Cecchele, Gianfranco; Ferrin, Agostino; Suliotis, Elena; Talarico, Rita
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

This performance, recorded live at the La Scala opera house in Milan on February 13, 1968, is the only recording of this opera ever issued...continue...
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Basile, Scotto, Mattiucci, et al
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Basile, Scotto, Mattiucci, et al

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

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

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

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

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

"[Scotto] gives her all and takes lots of risks All aspects of her performance improve upon the 1968 version First-rate Bellini and first-rate Scotto, a...continue...
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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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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
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 [Tenor Vocals]; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Corelli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [B...

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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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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Rossini: William Tell / Previtali, Guelfi, Gencer, Raimondi
Rossini: William Tell / Previtali, Guelfi, Gencer, Raimondi

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

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

Rossini had already written dozens of successful operas and was wealthy by the time he decided to retire from the stage in the late 1820s....continue...
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ODO 1461
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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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
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 [Tenor Vocals]
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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