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Hindemith: Cardillac / Keilberth, et al
Hindemith: Cardillac / Keilberth, et al

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

Works: Paul Hindemith: Cardillac, opera, Op. 39
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Grobe, Donald; Katz, Eberhard; Kirschstein, Leonore; Kohn, Karl Christian; Nett, Willi; Söderström, Elisabeth
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Chorus

The only recording ever made of this 20th-century masterpiece features the towering artistry of Fischer-Dieskau in the title role of a Renaissance goldsmith who murders...continue...
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ODO 1427
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
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
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
Mozart: La Betulia liberata / Rossi, Schwarzkopf, et al
Mozart: La Betulia liberata / Rossi, Schwarzkopf, et al

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-02-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Betulia liberata, K 118 (74c)
Performers: Christoff, Boris; Pirazzini, Miriam; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Valletti, Cesare [Tenor Vocals]; Vincenti, Luigia
Conductors: Rossi, Mario

An opera in all but name, 'La Betulia liberata' was written by Mozart when he was just 15 years old. It tells the Biblical story...continue...
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ODO 1417
Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Fournet, Simoneau, et al
Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Fournet, Simoneau, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-02-01

Works: Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera
Performers: Alarie, Pierrette; Bianco, Rene; Depraz, Xavier; Simoneau, Leopold [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Fournet, Jean
Ensemble: Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus

Long neglected, this early opera by Bizet has gradually risen in popularity in recent years until it has become second only to 'Carmen' among Bizet's...continue...
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ODO 1423
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
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 Capella 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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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, J 277
Performers: Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Grummer, Elisabeth; Horn, Heiner; Kaltwasser, Brigitte; Marschner, Kurt; Munch, Richard; Poell, Alfred; Proebstl, Max; Schulz, Lucy; Siemeling, Marlies; Streich, Rita; Vocal...
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich
Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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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
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
Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco / Simonatto, Tebaldi, et al
Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco / Simonatto, Tebaldi, et al

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

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ODO 1414
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
Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac / Arena, Johns, Stapp, et al
Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac / Arena, Johns, Stapp, et al

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

Works: Franco Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac, opera
Performers: Blancas, Antonio; Cesare, Ezio di; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Johns, William; Pace, Miti Truccato; Palmi, Agata; Savoiardo, Giovanni; Stapp, Olivia; Strudthoff, Claudio
Conductors: Arena, Maurizio
Ensemble: ; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin

Alfano is finally coming unto his own after decades of being remembered mainly as the composer who completed 'Turandot' after Puccini's death. Long stereotyped as...continue...
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ODO 1411
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila / Fournet, et al
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila / Fournet, et al

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

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

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

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

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

The masterpiece of composer Francesco Cilea, 'Adriana Lecouvreur' premiered in 1902 with Caruso in the tenor lead. It has remained a standard in Italy, though...continue...
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ODO 1410
Donizetti: Maria di Rohan / Gavazzeni, Scotto, Bruson, et al
Donizetti: Maria di Rohan / Gavazzeni, Scotto, Bruson, et al

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

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Maria di Rohan
Performers: Bruson, Renato; Cassis, Alessandro; Cesari, Paolo; Grilli, Umberto; Padoan, Carlo; Pedroni, Augusto; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Zilio, Elena
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra

There are surprisingly few recordings of 'Maria di Rohan' (and fewer of this calibre), despite the fact that most critics consider it one of Donizetti's...continue...
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ODO 1412
Massenet: Thaïs / Wolff, Esposito, Massard, Michel, et al
Massenet: Thaïs / Wolff, Esposito, Massard, Michel, et al

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

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

Once one of Massenet's biggest hits, 'Thais' is seldom heard today except for the suavely beautiful 'Meditation', an orchestral interlude with violin solo; but there...continue...
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ODO 1409
Bizet: Le docteur Miracle / Amaducci, Eda-Pierre, et al
Bizet: Le docteur Miracle / Amaducci, Eda-Pierre, et al

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

Works: Georges Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle, operetta in 1 act
Performers: Corazza, Remy; Eda-Pierre, Christiane; Guitton, Lyliane; Massard, Robert
Conductors: Amaducci, Bruno
Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra

Bizet was all of 19 years old when he wrote this operetta on a dare from Offenbach, and it won him the prestigious 'Prix de...continue...
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ODO 1408
Janacek: Jenufa / Vogel, Jelinkova, Zidek, Krasova, et al
Janacek: Jenufa / Vogel, Jelinkova, Zidek, Krasova, et al

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Performers: Cappuccilli, Piero; Ciannella, Giuliano; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Jori, Jone; Mori, Orazio; Morresi, Giuseppe; Raffanti, Dano; Roni, Luigi [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Kleiber, Carlos
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

"Not even Toscanini managed to inspire and sustain music-making of such blistering intensity." - Andrew Farach-Colton...continue...
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Alfano: Risurrezione / Boncompagni, Olivero, Gismondo, et al
Alfano: Risurrezione / Boncompagni, Olivero, Gismondo, et al

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

Works: Franco Alfano: Risurrezione
Performers: Allegri, Maria Grazia; Boyer, Antonio; Cadoni, Fernanda; Casolari, Egidio; Condo, Nucci; di Stasio, Anna; Gismondo, Giuseppe; Magrini, Vera; Olivero, Magda; Pace, Patrizia; Sunara, Maja
Conductors: Boncompagni, Elio
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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ODO 1399
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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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; Kmentt, Waldemar; Lackner, Herbert; Rysanek, Leonie; ...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"...I cannot imagine living without this rendition." - Opera News...continue...
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Spontini: Olimpia / Molinari-Pradelli, Lorengar, Tagliavini
Spontini: Olimpia / Molinari-Pradelli, Lorengar, Tagliavini

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

Works: Gaspare Spontini: Olympia, opera
Performers: Cossotto, Fiorenza; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Lorengar, Pilar; Lorengar, Pilar [Lyric soprano]; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Rizzati, E.; Tagliavini, Franco; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass...
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

Spontini was one of the most important Italian composers just before Rossini swept all before him. Long neglected, his operas have been revived with great...continue...
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ODO 1395
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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ODO 1371
Great Voices of the Past - The Sopranos
Great Voices of the Past - The Sopranos

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-07-02

Works: Léo Delibes: Lakmé, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; La forza del destino; Otello; Un ballo in maschera; Aida, opera; I vespri siciliani; Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Giacomo Puccin...
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Anzellotti, Alba; Beckmann, Friedel; Bellinzona, E.; Boninsegna, Celestina; Boue, Geori; Caniglia, Maria; Cherkasskaya, Marianne; Collard, Andre; Danco, Suzanne; Destinn, Emmy; Eames...
Conductors: Tansini, Ugo; Stiedry, Fritz; Panizza, Héctor; Kraus, Richard; Vittorio, Gui; Sabajno, Carlo; Berrettoni, Umberto; Briez, Georges; Koussevitzky, Sergey; Lehár, Franz; Pitt, Percy; Dobro...

Assemble three dozen operatic sopranos on one album and MAMA MIA! You have a combination that practically screams 'bada bing'! These are the original, one-and-only,...continue...
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ODO 8013
Great Voices of the Past - Favorite French Excerpts
Great Voices of the Past - Favorite French Excerpts

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-07-02

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; The Pearl Fishers, opera; Fromental Halévy: La Juive, opera; Gustave Charpentier: Louise; Edouard Lalo: Le Roi d'Ys; Léo Delibes: Lakmé, opera; Jule...
Performers: Aumonier, Paul; Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Chaliapin, Feodor [Bass Vocal]; Civil, Pablo; Clement, Edmond; Destinn, Emmy; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; G...
Conductors: Rapée, Erno; Sabajno, Carlo; Bourdon, Rosario; Erede, Alberto; Molajoli, Lorenzo

The first-ever budget priced album of great singers in French opera features selections from all the most famous titles, as well as a few rarities...continue...
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ODO 8016
Great Voices of the Past - Light Opera Gems
Great Voices of the Past - Light Opera Gems

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-07-02

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera; Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera; Linda di Chamounix; La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), oper...
Performers: Anders, Peter; Barone, Clement; Bechi, Gino; Belhomme, Hippolyte; Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Cerne, Charles; Debicka, Hedwig von; Fleta, Miguel; Forest, Frank; Galli-Curci, Amelita [Soprano ...
Conductors: Lehár, Franz; Pitt, Percy; Sabajno, Carlo

Operetta is rare on CD these days, so a collection of highlights from the most famous repertoire, sung by the great voices of the Golden...continue...
Includes modern travel, an opera parody on donizetti, gouno by various composers....continue...
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ODO 8015
Great Voices of the Past - Verdi's Masterworks Vol 2
Great Voices of the Past - Verdi's Masterworks Vol 2

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-07-02

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller; La traviata; I vespri siciliani; Simon Boccanegra; Ernani; Macbeth; Un ballo in maschera
Performers: Amato, Pasquale; Andreva, Stella; Bampton, Rose; Battistini, Mattia [Baritone Vocals]; Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Burzio, Eugenia; Caniglia, Maria; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Castagna, B...
Conductors: Bourdon, Rosario; Vittorio, Gui; Sabajno, Carlo; Sandberg, Herbert; Tansini, Ugo; Pitt, Percy; Panizza, Héctor

The Great Voices survey of Verdi operas continues with this second of three volumes, including extensive excerpts from 'La Traviata' and 'Un Ballo in Maschera'...continue...
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ODO 8014
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, Van Dam, Freni, et al
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Karajan, Van Dam, Freni, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-06-03

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
Performers: Barbie, 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

Another full-bore Mozart performance with a tremendous cast and Karajan at the podium in Salzburg, 1974. This great recording has also never been available at...continue...
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ODO 1390
Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova / Ahronovich, Lane, et al
Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova / Ahronovich, Lane, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-06-03

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Katerina Izmaylova, opera, Op. 114
Performers: Alemanno, Osvaldo; Carmi, Giacomo; Chokalov, Georgi; Cocchieri, Vinicio; Cochran, William; di Stasio, Anna; Domenico, Bernardino di; Lane, Gloria; Mazzieri, Maurizio; Munzi, Marcello; Nurmela, Kari; ...
Conductors: Ahronovitch, Yuri
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome

Originally title 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsendk District', this is the opera that got Shostakovich in trouble with the Stalinist authorities. He revised it years...continue...
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ODO 1388
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Gavazzeni, Caballé, Pavarotti, et al
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Gavazzeni, Caballé, Pavarotti, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-05-06

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
Performers: Baglioni, Bruna; Bosco, Carlo del; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Cappuccilli, Piero; Pauli, Milena; Pavarotti, Luciano; Porzano, Saverio; Zardo, Carlo
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Luisa Miller is one of the best of Verdi's earlier operas, transitional between his early and middle periods and overshadowed in its day by the...continue...
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ODO 1383
Menotti: Il Console / Schippers, Zeani, Colmagro, et al
Menotti: Il Console / Schippers, Zeani, Colmagro, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-05-06

Works: Gian Carlo Menotti: The Consul, opera
Performers: Casarini, Gianfranco; Castel, Nico; Colmagro, Gianluigi; Davidson, Joy; Fioroni, Giovanni Andrea; Giorgetti, Giorgio; Goldenthal, Bibiana; Matteini, Giuliana; Rafanelli, Flora; Vivo, Graziano del; Vo...
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas
Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
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ODO 1386
Wolf-Ferrari: I quattro rusteghi / Gracis, Olivero, et al
Wolf-Ferrari: I quattro rusteghi / Gracis, Olivero, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-05-06

Works: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: I quattro rusteghi, opera
Performers: Adani, Mariella; Barbieri, Fedora; Carlin, Mario; Cesari, Renato; Lazzari, Agostino; Maddalena, Alessandro; Mariotti, Alfredo; Olivero, Magda; Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola; Vincenzi, Edda
Conductors: Gracis, Ettore
Ensemble: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
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ODO 1385
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff / La Rosa Parodi, et al
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff / La Rosa Parodi, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-05-06

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts
Performers: Amedeo, Giovanni; Ceroni, Aronne; Ciminelli, Giovanni; Ferraro, Pier Miranda; Jakabfy, Eva; Mattioli, Renata; Mazzoli, Ferruccio; Meletti, Saturno; Pace, Miti Truccato; Pedroni, Augusto; Tatone, Vito
Conductors: Parodi, Armando La Rosa
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ODO 1384
Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy / Gatto, Caballé, Bruson, Casoni
Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy / Gatto, Caballé, Bruson, Casoni

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-04-08

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 Chorus

Little known today, mainly because almost no sopranos other than Mme. Caballe can sing it, "Gemma di Vergy" was for some years in the 19th...continue...
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ODO 1379
Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, Mathis, Hotter, Vienna PO
Beethoven: Fidelio / Böhm, Ludwig, Mathis, Hotter, Vienna PO

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-04-08

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

Beethoven's only opera is heard here in a miraculous performance with perhaps the best cast and conductor ever captured on disc. An incomparable bargain and...continue...
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ODO 1380
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri / Abbado, Horne, Alva, Dara
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri / Abbado, Horne, Alva, Dara

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-04-08

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

Marilyn Horne and Claudio Abbado alone make this recording a no-brainer at budget price. Consider also the brilliant recorded sound, lively ensemble, and the sweet...continue...
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ODO 1382
R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc
R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-04-08

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

Sometimes called Strauss's "bel canto opera", The Egyptian Helen is rarely staged or recorded. This is the only budget edition ever issued, and it is...continue...
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ODO 1381
Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, Schreier, et al
Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Janowitz, Schreier, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-03-04

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

The stellar cast makes this one of the most desirable recordings of Mozart's masterpiece, and at budget price for the first time, it's irresistible! Live...continue...
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ODO 1372
Pfitzner: Palestrina / Heger, Patzak, Hotter, Frantz, et al
Pfitzner: Palestrina / Heger, Patzak, Hotter, Frantz, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-03-04

Works: Hans Pfitzner: Palestrina
Performers: Frantz, Ferdinand; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Klarwein, Franz; Nentwig, Kathe; Patzak, Julius; Sabo, Katja; Wieter, Georg
Conductors: Heger, Robert
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

A "forgotten composer" today to the general public, Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) composed one opera considered a great work by many connoisseurs: Palestrina, based on the...continue...
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ODO 1377
Delibes: Lakmé / Piantini, Ruffini, Morino, Praticò, et al
Delibes: Lakmé / Piantini, Ruffini, Morino, Praticò, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2003-03-04

Works: Léo Delibes: Lakmé
Performers: Badaro, Thelma; Benvenuti, Monica; Beretta, Anna; Caruso, Carmelo; Cossu, Diego; Lazzarini, Serena; Morino, Giuseppe; Pratico, Bruno; Ruffini, Alessandra
Conductors: Piantini, Carlos
Ensemble: Bratislava Chamber Chorus

This is Opera d'Oro's first, all-digital recording, and is the first budget recording of Lakme! This lively performance from 1991 features fresh young singers from...continue...
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