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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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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
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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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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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
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
Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos, Borkh, Della Casa, et al
Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos, Borkh, Della Casa, et al

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

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58
Performers: Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Borkh, Inge; Casa, Lisa della; Draskler, Sonja; Felbermayer, Anny; Gerber-Candy, Audrey; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Littasy, Georg; Loraine, Karol; Lorenz, Max; M...
Conductors: Mitropoulos, Dimitri
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"This recording finds Borkh in top form. Her energy and voice never flag...Lisa della Casa is a near perfect Chrysothemis...Dimitri Mitropoulos paces the opera with...continue...
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Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro / Gui, Rinaldi, Gaifa, RAI
Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro / Gui, Rinaldi, Gaifa, RAI

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

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro, opera
Performers: Fissore, Enrico; Gaifa, Carlo; Malagu, Stefania; Pirino, Antonio; Rinaldi, Margherita; Socci, Gianni
Conductors: Vittorio, Gui
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Turin

Giaocchino Rossini (1792-1868) was just twenty years old when he wrote this little comedy (known in English as "The Opportunity Makes the Thief") - but...continue...
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ODO 1458
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
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Maerzendorfer, Gedda, Equiluz
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Maerzendorfer, Gedda, Equiluz

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

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Hugenoten
Performers: Aichberger, Ewald; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Farres, Pedro; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Illavsky, Ladislav; Neukirch, Harald; Petkov, Dimiter; Rugtvedt, Unni; Schenk, Manfred; Scovotti, Jeanett...
Conductors: Marzendorfer, Ernst

This live broadcast from Vienna in 1971 brings together one of the most outstanding casts ever assembled for this rarely heard opera, a situation due...continue...
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ODO 1464
Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila/ Fournet, Vickers
Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila/ Fournet, Vickers

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

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
Performers: Bilt, Peter van der; Blanc, Ernest; Dominguez, Oralia; Driessen, Henk; Vickers, Jon
Conductors: Fournet, Jean
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chorus

"If you haven't heard Vickers in the role of Samson, you haven't heard Samson... [he is] caught here in his absolute prime...Oralia Dominguez sings Dalila...it's...continue...
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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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Catalani: La Wally / Scaglia, Olivero, Zaccaria, Zanini
Catalani: La Wally / Scaglia, Olivero, Zaccaria, Zanini

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

Works: Alfredo Catalani: La Wally
Performers: Carroli, Silvano; Farina, Ida; Foiani, Giovanni; Olivero, Magda; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]; Zambon, Amadeo; Zannini, Laura
Conductors: Scaglia, Ferruccio
Ensemble: Bergamo Teatro Donizetti Chorus

Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893) was a talented composer who perhaps lived at the wrong time. He came along at the end of Verdi's career and the...continue...
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ODO 1456
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
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
Grand Tier - Halévy: La Juive / Guadagno, Tucker, et al
Grand Tier - Halévy: La Juive / Guadagno, Tucker, et al

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

Works: Fromental Halévy: La juive
Performers: Baldwin, Anthony; Bickerstaff, Robert; Bris, Michele Le; Fleet, Edgar; Fyson, Leslie; Gwynne, David; Hayashi, Yasuko; Rucker, Richard; Sabate, Juan
Conductors: Guadagno, Anton
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

"A viable masterpiece...with great musical and theatrical force...this performance is one of real commitment; no one holds back in an effort to recreate some of...continue...
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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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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
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Heger, Zadek, Dermota, et al
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Heger, Zadek, Dermota, et al

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

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Liebesverbot, opera
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Equiluz, Kurt [Tenor Vocal]; Friedrich, Willy; Imdahl, Heinz; Sorell, Christiane; Welter, Ludwig; Zadek, Hilde
Conductors: Hager, Robert

Wagner took Shakespeare's play 'Measure for Measure' as a framework for the plot of his second opera. The premiere at Magdeburg on March 29, 1836...continue...
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ODO 1454
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al
Puccini: La rondine / Molinari-Pradelli, Pilou, et al

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

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

Puccini first got the idea for this work during a performance of an operetta he was attending in Vienna. The directors of the theater approached...continue...
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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 Vocals]; Schreier, P...
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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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan, Callas
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Karajan, Callas

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

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

"Callas brings a passion and intimacy to the role that no other soprano [in the last] century has equaled...Karajan creates ideal support for Callas' blinding...continue...
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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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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
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-03-14

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 Chorus

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 1445
Legendary Performances of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas
Legendary Performances of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas

14 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-03-14

Works: Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Turandot; Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier; Gaetano Donizetti: Poliuto, opera; Giacomo Meyerbeer: Die Hugenoten; Giuseppe Verdi: Il...
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 von

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; Borriello, Mario; Buccini, Vittorio; Campi, Enrico; Carbonari, Virgilio; Caroli, Angelo; Caruso, Mariano; Ca...
Conductors: Simonetto, Alfredo; Giulini, Carlo Maria; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Basile, Arturo; Gardelli, Lamberto
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan; Italian Radio Chorus Rome; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan; Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus; Orc...

Throughout the 1950s and '60s Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004) was one of the best-loved sopranos in the world. Famous both for the stunning beauty of her...continue...
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ODO 5601
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 Vocals]; 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
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Abbado, Pavarotti
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Abbado, Pavarotti

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

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
Performers: Aragall, Giacomo; Ferrin, Gaetano; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Pavarotti, Luciano; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: La Scala Philharmonic Chorus

"[This release] captures a trio of superb performers in their prime, in music that ideally suited their talents. Scotto's Guilietta is rich, impassioned and youthful,...continue...

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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
Wagner: Tannhauser / Keilberth, Vinay
Wagner: Tannhauser / Keilberth, Vinay

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

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Performers: Blankenheim, Toni; Brouwenstijn, Gré; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Greindl, Josef; Horn, Volker; Traxel, Josef; Vinay, Ramón; Wilfert, Herta
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"If you're lucky, you might find a copy of the 1954 Bayreuth performance, conducted by Keilberth, with a revelatory cast headed by the Chilean bari-tenor...continue...
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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
Grand Tier - Marschner: Der Vampyr / Rieger, Hermann, et al
Grand Tier - Marschner: Der Vampyr / Rieger, Hermann, et al

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

Works: Heinrich August Marschner: Der Vampyr, opera
Performers: Auger, Arleen [Soprano]; Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Fiedler, Hans Herbert; Grobe, Donald; Halem, Victor von; Hermann, Roland; Hillebrand, Nikolaus; Hopfner, Heiner; Kesteren, John van; Malta, Alexande...
Conductors: Rieger, Fritz
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Heinrich Marschner was a popular Early Romantic opera composer in Germany whose works disappeared for a few decades but have been successfully revived in recent...continue...
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ODO 7016
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
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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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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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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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
Verdi: Aroldo / Rinaldi, Ceccheli, et al
Verdi: Aroldo / Rinaldi, Ceccheli, et al

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aroldo
Performers: Cecchele, Gianfranco; Gulin, Angeles; Millauro, Carlo; Minetto, Maria; Montefusco, Licinio; Munzi, Marcello; Zanazzo, Alfredo
Conductors: Rinaldi, Maurizio
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan

There have only been a couple of recordings, ever, of this 'early' Verdi opera, and certainly none at budget price! 'Aroldo' is an 1856 rewrite...continue...
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ODO 1440
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 - 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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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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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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