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Opera Collection, page 15

   Found CDs: 330
 

Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor (complete opera)

Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor (complete opera)
ID: OPD7035
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Live performance, Berlin, September 29, 1955. One of the greatest live complete opera recordings starring Maria Callas, and the best of her recordings of Lucia di Lammermoor. Selected as one of the best performances from the vast Opera d’Oro catalog and reissued with new packaging, performance notes from Callas biographer Robert Levine, the fabulous cover art of Rafal Olbinski, and complete libretto newly translated by Bill Parker.
Vocals:
Luisa Villa, Maria Callas,Giuseppe di Stefano, Giuseppe Zampieri, Rolando Panerai, Mario Carlin


Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Zaccaria, et al.: vocal soloists RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Berlin & La Scala Theater Chorus Herbert von Karajan: conductor
15.00 eur Buy

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (complete opera)

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (complete opera)
ID: OPD7079
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote three operas based on the lives of English Queens: Anna Bolena (1830), Maria Stuarda (1834), and Roberto Devereux (1837). None of them stick very close to history; each is treated in such a way as to heighten, exaggerate, or simply invent scenes and situations that might have taken place during the lives of these three fascinating monarchs. Maria Stuarda’s dramatic punch, particularly when the two starring women are front and center, is unique: rivalry is always the stuff of great drama, but rivalry between monarchs is, by definition, on an entirely different-and much higher-level.


Opera d’Oro presents Grand Tier, a deluxe edition of the most beloved Opera d’Oro performances with original artwork by Rafal Olbinski and re-mastered sound! Including a detailed booklet with historic photos, a complete Italian libretto and new original English translation, and an essay on the performance by Robert Levine, this production of Maria Stuarda features Monserrat Caballé and Shirley Verrett at the peak of their considerable vocal powers.

Featured Artists
Montserrat Caballé, Shirley Verrett, Ottavio Garaventa: vocal soloists
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Carlo Felice Cillario: conductor
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Donizetti - La fille du régiment - (complete opera)- Roland Gagnon - Conductor

Donizetti - La fille du régiment - (complete opera)- Roland Gagnon - Conductor
ID: OPD7007
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Marie - Beverly Sills
Sulpice - Fernando Corena
Tonio - Grayson Hirst
La Marquise - Muriel Greenspon


The great Beverly Sills is heard in one of her most thrilling roles, the "Daughter of the Regiment" (one of Donizetti's finest comic operas), in this live performance of the original French version. Marie's second-act cabaletta, "Salut à la France," became almost a second national anthem, and is still a favorite choice for French theaters to present on Bastille Day as a gala event.

In 1969, Beverly Sills was at her vocal peak and, as she was particularly skillful in bringing comic roles to life, this is one of her all-time best performances. Legendary comic bass Fernando Corena is a first-class addition to the cast along with tenor Grayson Hirst, a fine artist little-known to recordings. Live performance, 1969.
15.00 eur Buy

VERDI - IL TROVATORE

VERDI - IL TROVATORE
ID: OPD7045
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Manrico: Carlo Bergonzi
Leonora: Gabriella Tucci
Il Conte di Luna: Piero Cappuccilli
Azucena: Giulietta Simionato
Ferrando: Ivo Vinco
Inez: Mirella Fiorentini
Ruiz: Piero de Palma

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Gianandrea Gavazzeni: Conductor
Recorded live, Moscow, 1964.
15.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Marschner - Der Vampyr (complete opera)

Marschner - Der Vampyr (complete opera)
ID: OPD7016
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Roland Hermann, Arleen Auger, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Donald Grobe, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Trudeliese Schmidt, John van Kesteren, et al., vocal soloists/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fritz Rieger, conductor
Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861) was a popular Early Romantic opera composer in Germany whose works disappeared for a few decades but have been successfully revived in recent times. Two of his operas, the proto-Wagnerian Hans Heiling, and the spooky Der Vampyr, have had frequent performances and recordings lately, but we do not think there is a better version of Der Vampyr than this one! Recorded live in Munich in 1974, the performance features a number of major singers, something rare in “non-standard” operas. The recorded sound is quite exceptional, too! First performed in 1828, Der Vampyr has a hair-raising Gothic plot about Lord Ruthven, a vampire much like Count Dracula, and his thirst for the blood of young females. The music is much in the vein or Mendelssohn or Weber. Wagner was a great admirer of Marschner and actually quotes one of his themes quite literally in Die Walküre. Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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G. Puccini - La Bohème -Stage Director: Giancarlo del Monaco

G. Puccini - La Bohème -Stage Director: Giancarlo del Monaco
ID: OAHD5007D
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

Inva Mula, Laura Giordano, Aquiles Machado, Fabio Maria Capitanucci, David Menéndez, Felipe Bou, Gonzalo Fernández de Terán, Juan Tomás Martínez, Alfredo Mariotti, Federico Gallar, Francisco Pardo, Mario Villoria

Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra & Chorus), Jesús López Cobos

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid on 20th, 23rd and 25th March 2006.
Note: This HD-DVD is not compatible with standard DVD players.

Format: Anamorphic, Classical, PAL
Language: Italian
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
Run Time: 149 minutes
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Wagner - Die fliegende Holländer [The Flying Dutchman] (complete opera)

Wagner - Die fliegende Holländer [The Flying Dutchman] (complete opera)
ID: OPD7030
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera



George London, Leonie Rysanek, Josef Greindl, Fritz Uhl, et al., vocal soloists/Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

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 true Wagnerite. Some of the greatest singers of the era lead the cast, including Canadian- American bass-baritone George London (1920 -1979), the first American ever to sing the Dutchman at Bayreuth; beloved Viennese soprano Leonie Rysanek (1926-1998), known as the “Queen of Hearts” at the Salzburg Festival; and German bass Josef Greindl (1912-1993), a stalwart of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where he sang in 1,369 performances, mostly Wagner! The opera was inspired by Wagner’s reading of a book by Heinrich Heine, Edward Fitzball’s The Flying Dutchman or The Phantom Ship, and Wilhelm Hayff ’s Geisterschiff (Ghost Ship), as well as his own perilous sea voyage in 1839. Der fliegende Holländer is one of the most vivid and colorful of all German Romantic operas, with music that is often hair-raisingly exciting. This masterful performance has long been considered one of the most thrilling ever recorded. Opera d’Oro’s Grand Tier series presents the best-selling Opera d’Oro titles with libretto and deluxe new packaging at mid-price. The Opera d’Oro series has been an unqualified success in the budget category. Now, in response to popular demand, the best titles are being reissued with complete librettos in the original languages and fresh, new English translations, stimulating essays on the operas by eminent music writers, and striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski. Live performance, 1959.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
15.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Verdi - Macbeth (complete opera)

Verdi - Macbeth (complete opera)
ID: OPD7027
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Sherrill Milnes, Christa Ludwig, Carlo Cossutta, Karl Ridderbusch, et al., vocal soloists/Karl Böhm, conductor

Another long-neglected masterpiece, Macbeth is today one of Verdi’s most popular operas following successful revivals in recent years like this dramatic 1970 performance.With a cast like this, and Böhm conducting, it couldn’t lose. Sherrill Milnes, the great American baritone of his era, is in glorious voice here and turns in a magnificent portrayal of the tormented hero. Soprano Christa Ludwig, known better for Lieder and German opera, is perhaps the biggest surprise here, in one of the most thrilling and dramatic portrayals of Lady Macbeth since Maria Callas. The conducting of Karl Böhm also comes in for special praise, as one of the tightest and most dramatic readings ever caught on record. Macbeth was Verdi’s favorite of all his early operas, as evidenced by the great care he took with it even many years after its premiere. The first performance took place on March 14, 1847 and was warmly applauded. Years later, however, Verdi heavily revised and even partly recomposed Macbeth, and this version, first given in Paris at the Théâtre Lyrique on April 19, 1865, is the one always heard today.

“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…Böhm’s orchestra catches the opera’s brooding dark tone ideally. Christa Ludwig is in radiant voice, singing with such charisma that she is practically visible…[Sherril Milnes’s] warm resonant voice, with its remarkable, secure upper extension is simply glorious, and he truly gets under the skin of this complex character…” - ROBERT LEVINE

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)

Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)
ID: OPD7023
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Marilyn Horne, Luigi Alva, Paolo Montarsolo, Enzo Dara, et al., vocal soloists/La Scala Orchestra & Chorus/Claudio Abbado, conductor

The Italian Girl in Algiers, premiered in 1813, was the first of Rossini’s comedies to exhibit his fully mature style, and one of the first to establish his unquestioned dominance in the opera world of his day. It literally overflows with delightful melody, rhythmic verve, and sparkling humor. The most famous numbers in the score are Isabella’s spectacular coloratura aria “Cruda sorte,” and the thunderingly farcical final ensemble of the first act, which never fails to bring down the house. This live 1975 performance from Italy’s greatest opera house stars American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, whom Opera News called “probably the greatest singer in the world” in 1981. Across her forty-year career she was recognized as the greatest Rossini interpreter in modern times. Luigi Alva (b. 1927) was the leading lyric tenor of the fifties and sixties, admired for the purity of his tone, elegance of phrasing, and clarity of diction. His specialties were Mozart and Rossini. Claudio Abbado has also had a long career on the podium, and has long been recognized as one of the world’s foremost conductors. Grand Tier presents the most popular titles from the budget Opera d’Oro catalogue at mid-price with complete librettos newly translated, stimulating essays by eminent music writers, and deluxe packaging with striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski.

"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 she is having a simply terrific time … Abbado’s leadership is a sheer delight, and the La Scala forces are in grand shape. The sound is very good. At this price-or possibly any price-this can’t be beat.” - CLASSICSTODAY

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Rosini - La Cenerentola (complete opera)

Rosini - La Cenerentola (complete opera)
ID: OPD7019
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Teresa Berganza, Nicola Monti,Mario Petri, Sesto Bruscantini, Ornella Rovero,Mitì Truccato Pace & Leonardo Monreale, vocal soloists/Chorus of Teatro San Carlo & RAI Symphony Orchestra, Naples/Mario Rossi, conductor

Among Rossini’s numerous comic operas, La Cenerentola (1817) has long held a place second only to The Barber of Seville. In fact, for many years it was often more popular than The Barber, until its extreme vocal difficulties became too much for a generation of singers not trained in the Rossini style, and its fantastic atmosphere fell afoul of a preference for verismo, the school of realism. In recent years, the revival of the bel canto style and intense interest in resurrecting authentic Rossini manuscripts has brought about a happy new lease on life for La Cenerentola, which once again is rivaling The Barber in popularity. The libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, though based on the Cinderella fairy tale as told by Charles Perrault, is far different in tone. Rossini and Ferretti agreed to suppress the supernatural themes and create a comedy of manners steeped in irony. This live performance, recorded in Naples in 1958, is one of the finest of its era, with a virtual all-star cast thoroughly schooled in the Rossini style.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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