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Grand Tier - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri / Abbado, Horne
Grand Tier - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri / Abbado, Horne

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-06-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
Performers: Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Dara, Enzo; Guglielmi, Margherita; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Montarsolo, Paolo; Rinaldi, Alberto; Zannini, Laura
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

"Here, in addition to the staggering virtuosity and the pointed characterization we're used to [from Marilyn Horne], we get wonderful humor and the impression that...continue...
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Rossini: Zelmira / Franci, Zeani, Tagger, Limarilli, Rota
Rossini: Zelmira / Franci, Zeani, Tagger, Limarilli, Rota

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-06-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Zelmira, opera
Performers: Limarilli, Gastone; Mazzini, Guido; Moretti, Giuseppe; Rota, Anna Maria; Tagger, Nicola; Vocals], Virginia Zeani [Soprano; Washington, Paolo
Conductors: Franci, Carlo
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus

One of Rossini's least-known operas, 'Zelmira' nevertheless contains much excellent music, sometimes rising to the very best Rossini has to offer. The heroine is sung...continue...
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ODO 1455
Grand Tier - Verdi: Macbeth / Böhm, Milnes, Ludwig, Cossutta
Grand Tier - Verdi: Macbeth / Böhm, Milnes, Ludwig, Cossutta

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Cossutta, Carlo; Flossman, Gilels; Frese, Siegfried Rudolf; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Pantscheff, Ljubomir; Proglhoff, Harald; Ridd...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

Macbeth has been well presented on discs, but this performance...should be held in the greatest esteem and surpasses the others in overall intensity and theatricality...Bohm'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
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Solti, Siepi, Freni, Jurinac, et al
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Solti, Siepi, Freni, Jurinac, et al

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

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
Performers: Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Gencer, Leyla; Jurinac, Sena; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Savoie, Robert; Siepi, Cesare; Ward, David
Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

This amazing all-star performance of "the greatest opera" is taken from a live performance in London in February 1962. Some of the most legendary singers...continue...
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ODO 1452
Grand Tier - Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, et al
Grand Tier - Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, et al

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

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Grist, Reri [Soprano Vocals]; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Prey, Hermann [Baritone Vocal]; Schreier, Pe...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Bohm's conducting is first rate...in the arias, he is a master of working with the cast. The cast is excellent. Janowitz sings with authority and...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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Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia
Pacini: Saffo / Capuana, Gencer, Mattiucci, Guggia

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

Works: Giovanni Pacini: Saffo
Performers: Bianco, Tito Del; Gencer, Leyla; Guggia, Mario; Maniachi, Vittoria; Mattiucci, Franca; Piacente, Maurizio; Quilico, Louis
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

If it had not been for Bellini, and Donizetti, and Verdi...and maybe even Cimarosa and Paisiello...Pacini would be famous today. But as he himself sadly...continue...
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ODO 1450
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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ODO 1449
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, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: Poliuto, opera; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Hugenoten; Giuseppe ...
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
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
Gounod: Faust / Gavazzeni, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Harper, et al
Gounod: Faust / Gavazzeni, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Harper, et al

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

Works: Charles Gounod: Faust
Performers: Bartoletti, Luisa; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; Harper, Heather; Massard, Robert; Retes, Africa De
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea

'Faust' made its composer, Gounod, and his publisher, Choudens, rich men. For decades it was the most popular opera in the world, although in recent...continue...
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ODO 1443
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
Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al
Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-11-15

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7
Performers: Driscoll, Laurent; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Hirte, Klaus; Jahn, Gertrude; Kelemen, Zoltan; Kraemmer, Hans; Melchert, Helmut; Ree, Jan Van; Silja, Anja; Uhl, Fritz
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Geraint Evan's Wozzeck is a powerful, tragic presence... Balancing clarity and madness, power and impotence, nobility and crudeness, it is one of the great portrayals...continue...
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Grand Tier - Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, et al
Grand Tier - Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-11-15

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Performers: Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bruscantini, Sesto; Monreale, Leonardo; Monti, Nicola; Pace, Miti Truccato; Petri, Mario; Rovero, Ornella
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Among Rossini's numerous comic operas 'La Cenerentola' has long held a place second only to 'The Barber of Seville'. In fact, for many years it...continue...
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ODO 7019
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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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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Verdi: Falstaff / Rossi, Taddei, Carteri, et al
Verdi: Falstaff / Rossi, Taddei, Carteri, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Performers: Canali, Anna Maria; Carteri, Rosanna; Dalamangas, Cristiano; Meletti, Saturno; Nessi, Giuseppe; Pagliughi, Lina; Pini, Amalia; Renzi, Emilio; Signore, Gino del; Taddei, Giuseppe
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

Verdi's last opera, written when he was approaching 80, receives one of its finest performances on disc, with a conductor greatly admired by connoisseurs though...continue...
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Grand Tier - Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, King, et al
Grand Tier - Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, King, et al

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

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Performers: Crass, Franz; Grobe, Donald; Hirte, Klaus; Hotter, Hans [Baritone Vocals]; King, James [Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Malm, Curt; Mathis, Edith; Wixell, Ingvar
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"[This is] a terrific bargain and a sparkling representation of Beethoven's great masterwork." - ClassicsToday...continue...
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Boito: Nerone / Capuano, Picchi, Petri, et al
Boito: Nerone / Capuano, Picchi, Petri, et al

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

Works: Arrigo Boito: Nerone
Performers: Cavalieri, Anna de; Clabassi, Plinio [Bass Vocal]; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; di Stasio, Anna; Escalar, Valeria; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Lazzarini, Adriana; Mazzoli, Ferruccio; Petri, Mario; Picchi,...
Conductors: Capuana, Franco
Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra

Most famous for writing the librettos for Verdi's final two masterpieces, 'Otello' and 'Falstaff', Arrigo Boito wrote two operas on his own: 'Mefistofele', which today...continue...
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ODO 1435
Grand Tier - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, et al
Grand Tier - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, et al

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

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
Performers: Berbie, Jane; Caron, Willy; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Harwood, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Kelemen, Zoltan; Krause, Tom; Montarsolo, Paolo; Schary, Elke; Senechal, Michel [Tenor Vocals]; Van D...
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert von

"...This is a wonderfully Italianate performance. Orchestra and chorus are superb and the sound is surprisingly good, with voice/orchestra balance clear and true most of...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; Hongen, 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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Pizzetti: Fedra / Sanzogno, Bertocci, Fortunati, et al
Pizzetti: Fedra / Sanzogno, Bertocci, Fortunati, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-05-10

Works: Ildebrando Pizzetti: Fedra
Performers: Bertocci, Aldo; Brandolini, Silvana; Fortunati, Mercedes; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Palombini, Vittoria; Ronchini, Bruna; Vocals], Anselmo Colzani [Baritone; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Sanzogno, Nino
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus

Ildebrando Pizzetti was a composer whose operas avoid the lush lyricism of the Romantic Italian school in favor of a style reminiscent both of the...continue...
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ODO 1421
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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Bellini: Norma / Santini, Cerquetti, Corelli, et al
Bellini: Norma / Santini, Cerquetti, Corelli, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-04-12

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera
Performers: Borelli, Giannella; Cerquetti, Anita; Corelli, Franco; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Nero, Giulio; Pirazzini, Miriam
Conductors: Santini, Gabriele
Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra

"...One of the best live recordings available. Cerquetti made few recordings; this performance makes you wonder why... Corelli sings magnificently throughout, with an exhuberance that...continue...
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ODO 1433
Wagner: Tannhäuser / Sawallisch, Janowitz, et al
Wagner: Tannhäuser / Sawallisch, Janowitz, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-04-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Performers: Brendel, Wolfgang; Chiappi, Mario; Dunn, Mignon; Finke, Martin; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Kollo, Rene [Tenor Vocal]; Mercker, Karl-Ernst; Schary, Elke; Schenk, Manfred; Vermeesch, Jef
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

An array of top Wagner singers leads the cast under the taut direction of German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. Tenor Rene Kollo is one of the...continue...
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ODO 7006
Grand Tier - Verdi: La traviata / Verchi, Scotto, et al
Grand Tier - Verdi: La traviata / Verchi, Scotto, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Bruscantini, Sesto; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Jacopucci, Fernando; Lombardi, Franco; Mazzini, Guido; Meliciani, Carlo; Pedrotti, Anna; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Verchi, Nino
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Renata Scotto, one of the great dramatic sopranos of the past generation, made her debut in this very role at age 18. This performance showcases...continue...
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ODO 7009
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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Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Rossi, Kelston, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-03-08

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 1429
Menotti: Goya / Mercurio, Hernandez, et al
Menotti: Goya / Mercurio, Hernandez, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-03-08

Works: Gian Carlo Menotti: Goya, opera in 3 acts
Performers: Adams, Angela; Daner, Penelope; Guzmán, Suzanna; Hernández, César; Nickell, Karen; Senator, Boaz; Wentzel, Andrew
Conductors: Mercurio, Steven
Ensemble: Spoleto Festival Orchestra

Premiered in Washington DC in 1986, and revised in 1991, 'Goya' is one of the last operas by America's best-known opera composer, Gian Carlo Menotti....continue...
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ODO 1426
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle / Fricsay, Nilsson, et al
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle / Fricsay, Nilsson, et al

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-03-08

Works: Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48
Performers: Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Sonnerstedt, Bernhard
Conductors: Fricsay, Ferenc
Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

A tremendous rarity! Legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, best known for her Wagner roles and Puccini's Turandot, is the surprising and surpassing star of this modern...continue...
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ODO 1430
Rota: Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze / Boncompagni
Rota: Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze / Boncompagni

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-01-04

Works: Nino Rota: Il Cappello di paglia de Firenze (The Italian Straw Hat), opera
Performers: Crivellari, Dolores; Davia, Federico; Devia, Mariella; Gimenez, Edoardo; Gonzalez, Manuel; Moesen, Katarina; Olivero, Magda; Pedroni, Augusto; Schmiedner, Hartmut; Schreurs, Jean-Jacques; Socci, Gian...
Conductors: Boncompagni, Elio
Ensemble: Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Chorus

"...The music is tuneful, conservatively harmonized, immediately attractive, and highly colorful. If this set came with a libretto (almost a requirement for a comic opera)...continue...
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Bellini: Bianca e Fernando / Ferro, Savastano, et al
Bellini: Bianca e Fernando / Ferro, Savastano, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-01-04

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Bianca e Fernando, opera
Performers: Fissore, Enrico; Hayashi, Yasuko; Machi, Mario; Michalopoulos, Eftimios; Monaco, Ignazio Del; Onesti, Gabriella; Savastano, Antonio; Tarantino, Pietro
Conductors: Ferro, Gabriele

Bellini's second opera is seldom heard today, but contains some good numbers and will appeal to any fan of Early Romantic Italian opera. An Italian...continue...
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ODO 1419
Weber: Der Freischütz / Kleiber, Grümmer, Streich, Hopf
Weber: Der Freischütz / Kleiber, Grümmer, Streich, Hopf

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-12-23

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 Chorus
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ODO 1181
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
Grand Tier - Mozart: Idomeneo, Ré di Creta / Davis, et al
Grand Tier - Mozart: Idomeneo, Ré di Creta / Davis, et al

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

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo
Performers: Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Harper, Heather; Liviero, Antonio; Norman, Jessye [Soprano vocals]; Pugliese, Franco; Snarski, Andrea; Woodland, Rae
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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ODO 7011
Rossini: La gazzetta / Caracciolo, Tajo, Tuccari, et al
Rossini: La gazzetta / Caracciolo, Tajo, Tuccari, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-08-03

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La gazzetta, opera
Performers: Borriello, Mario; Casoni, Bianca Maria; Cava, Carlo; Galli, Gianna; Lazzari, Agostino; Monreale, Leonardo; Tajo, Italo; Tuccari, Angelica
Conductors: Caracciolo, Franco
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Naples
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ODO 1413
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 [Tenor Vocals]
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
Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Krauss, Gueden, Dermota, Lipp, etc
Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Krauss, Gueden, Dermota, Lipp, etc

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

Works: Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Gueden, Hilde [Soprano Vocal]; Jaresch, August; Lipp, Wilma; Patzak, Julius; Poell, Alfred; Preger, Kurt; Wagner, Sieglinde
Conductors: Krauss, Clemens
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

Along with 'The Merry Widow' this is the most famous of all operettas. And this 1953 studio recording is one of the all-time classics, available...continue...
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ODO 1404
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, opera, JW 1/4
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 - Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, et al
Grand Tier - Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-11-04

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Cavallari, Rina; Cesarini, Athos; Del Monaco, Mario; Modesti, Giuseppe; Stignani, Ebe [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

"This is an epic performance." - Robert Levine...continue...
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Rossini: Il turco in Italia / Bruscantini, Sciutti, et al
Rossini: Il turco in Italia / Bruscantini, Sciutti, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-11-04

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), opera
Performers: Andreolli, Florindo; Bruscantini, Sesto; Calabrese, Franco; Colombo, Scipio; Lazzari, Agostino; Mattioli, Renata; Sciutti, Graziella [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Sanzogno, Nino
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan

Overshadowed for decades by its slightly earlier "twin," L'italiana in Algeri, this opera has come to be regarded as a masterpiece in its own right,...continue...
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ODO 1400
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 - Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Arroyo, Domingo, et al
Grand Tier - Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Arroyo, Domingo, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera
Performers: Arroyo, Martina; Cappuccilli, Piero; Cossotto, Fiorenza; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; Ligi, Josella; Roni, Luigi [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

"Domingo has recorded Radames commercially four times, but I dare say that this performance, taped live in Munich in 1972 under the baton of Claudio...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: Salome, Op. 54
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Bunger, Reid; Dickie, Murray; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Franc, Tugomir; Frese, Rudolf; Guthrie, Frederick; Hoffmann, Grace; Hopf, Hans; Kmentt, Waldemar; Lackner, Herbert; Rysan...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"...I cannot imagine living without this rendition." - Opera News...continue...
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Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale / Gavazzeni, Gencer
Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale / Gavazzeni, Gencer

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

Works: Ildebrando Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale, opera
Performers: Bertocci, Aldo; Campi, Enrico; Carturan, Gabriella; Cassinelli, Antonio; Cormanni, Adolfo; Dondi, Dino; Gencer, Leyla; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Ortica, Mario; Pelizzoni, Rinaldo; Puglisi, Lino...
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Pizzetti, successor to Respighi at the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome, wrote in a style reminiscent both of the Impressionists and of late Reniaissance or...continue...
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ODO 1396
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi /Maazel, Cossotto, Pastori
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi /Maazel, Cossotto, Pastori

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

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 Chorus Rome

Bellini's version of the Romeo and Juliet story, first stage in 1830, is one of his finest early works, and after decades of neglect it...continue...
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ODO 1397
Dessau: Einstein / Suitner, Adam, Büchner, Süss, et al
Dessau: Einstein / Suitner, Adam, Büchner, Süss, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-09-03

Works: Paul Dessau: Einstein, opera
Performers: Adam, Theo; Buchner, Eberhard; Garduhn, Henno; Suss, Reiner
Conductors: Suitner, Otmar
Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra

An exciting release for the dedicated opera fan and the New Music lover, this is one of the few recordings ever of this 20-century masterwork,...continue...
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