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Verdi - Nabucco (complete opera)

Verdi - Nabucco (complete opera)
ID: OPD7031
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Giangiacomo Guelfi , Elena Suliotis, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gianni Raimondi, Gloria Lane, et al.: vocal soloists / La Scala Orchestra and Chorus /Gianandrea Gavazzeni: conductor

Produced in March 1842, Nabucco was Verdi’s first triumph with the public and (most) critics, establishing him as a great composer. The audience at the premiere went mad with enthusiasm and demanded an encore of the chorus “Va, pensiero.” “Va, pensiero” was musically beautiful, but as an expression of the longing of the Hebrew slaves for freedom it also struck a powerful political chord. Soon it was being sung in the streets, and many years later was reverently hymned at Verdi’s public funeral. For much of the twentieth century Nabucco was neglected as an immature early work by Verdi, but nowadays has taken its place again with great success as a repertory piece. Grand Tier presents the most popular titles from the budget Opera d’Oro catalogue at mid-price with complete newly translated librettos, stimulating essays by eminent music writers, and deluxe packaging with striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski. Live performance, Milan, 1966.

“The La Scala forces impress … Suliotis has left a legacy of recorded performances, and most persuasive are those captured live. This document of her La Scala debut stands among the greatest.” - Ira Siff

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Verdi - Falstaff (complete opera)

Verdi - Falstaff (complete opera)
ID: OPD7041
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Mariano Stabile, Renata Tebaldi, Cesare Valletti, et al.: vocal soloists / La Scala Orchestra and Chorus / Victor de Sabata: conductor

Verdi’s last opera, written when he was approaching eighty, was only the second comedy of his long career, following the ill-fated Un giorno di regno of fifty years before. His friend and collaborator Arrigo Boito, who had with some difficulty talked him into composing Otello several years earlier, now had an easier time convincing him to crown his glory with one more tribute to his beloved Shakespeare. The three principals are all famous portrayers of their roles, aided by an outstanding supporting cast. Mariano Stabile was a veteran Italian basso buffo who had the role of Falstaff in his belly, if not his bones. Renata Tebaldi was the most famous Italian lyric soprano of her era and she remains, along with Maria Callas, the most loved soprano of recent years. Cesare Valletti was a tenore di grazia, a tenor with a light, flexible head voice of exquisite beauty. Live performance, Milan, May 26, 1951.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Bellini - La straniera (complete opera)

Bellini - La straniera (complete opera)
ID: OPD7029
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Renata Scotto, Beniamino Prior, Domenico Trimarchi, Marizio Mazzieri, Elena Zilio, Francesco Signor & Florindo Andreolli, vocal soloists/Teatro La Fenice Orchestra & Chorus/Ettore Gracis, conductor

La straniera (The Foreigner) had a triumphant premiere on February 14, 1829 at La Scala,Milan. Bellini wrote to his librettist Felice Romani that the audience was enthusiastic “beyond belief,” and that the success surpassed that of Il pirata (in October, 1827) by far. La straniera was Bellini’s fourth opera (second with the admired librettist Romani), and along with Il pirata is generally taken to mark the beginning of full-blown Romanticism in Italian opera, its passionate music matching the sensational incidents of the plot. Of the great sopranos of her era, Renata Scotto was the acknowledged expert on the music of Bellini, whose intimate lyricism suited her perfectly, and her tremendous performances in La straniera were crucial to reviving interest in it. This live performance from Venice in 1970 preserves a historic moment in the revival of Bellini’s operas.

“[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 combination not to be missed.” - OPERA NEWS

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Weber - Der Freischütz (complete opera)

Weber - Der Freischütz (complete opera)
ID: OPD7038
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Elisabeth Grümmer, Rita Streich, Hans Hopf, Max Proebstl, Kurt Böhme, Alfred Poell, et al.: vocal soloists / Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Erich Kleiber: conductor

Der Freischütz was the fi rst great German national opera, breaking the stranglehold of the Italians over the opera world. Its premiere in 1821 was a sensation, and Weber was proclaimed the founder of the German Romantic opera school. Richard Wagner was nine years old when he saw Weber conduct Der Freischütz. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Wagner replied: “Not emperor or king, but to stand and conduct like that!” His wish, of course, came true; and when Weber died prematurely at age forty, it was Wagner who conducted the funeral music and delivered the eulogy. Weber’s influence was to live on in Wagner’s music dramas. All releases in the Grand Tier series include a full libretto in the original language and English; stimulating essays on the operas by eminent writers on music; and striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski. Live performance, Cologne, 1955.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Beethoven - Fidelio (complete opera)

Beethoven - Fidelio (complete opera)
ID: OPD7025
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Live performance, Salzburg, 1969

Christa Ludwig, James King, Edith Mathis, Hans Hotter, Franz Crass, Ingvar Wixell, Donald Grobe, et al., vocal soloists/Chorus of the Vienna State Opera & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra /Karl Böhm, conductor
Beethoven’s only opera is heard here in a miraculous performance with probably the best cast and conductor ever captured on disc. Selected as one of the best performances from the vast Opera d’Oro catalog and reissued with new packaging, the fabulous cover art of Rafal Oblinski, and complete libretto newly translated by Bill Parker.
"A compelling performance of Fidelio, with an outstanding cast and conductor." - Fanfare
"An exciting live performance of this opera, recorded in Salzburg in 1969 when all the principles were in their primes... A terrific bargain and a sparkling representation of Beethoven’s great masterwork." - ClassicsToday Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (complete opera)

Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (complete opera)
ID: OPD7037
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Magda Olivero, Franco Corelli, Giulietta Simionato, Ettore Bastianini, et al: vocal soloists
Teatro San Carlo Orchestra & Chorus, Naples
Mario Rossi: conductor

One of the greatest recordings showcasing the artistry of soprano Magda Olivero, “the Queen of Verismo.” Also stars one of the greatest tenors of the twentieth century, Franco Corelli, with legendary mezzo Giulietta Simionato in the main supporting role. Francesco Cilea (1866-1950) was one of the “minor masters” of Italian opera. His masterpiece is Adriana Lecouvreur, a work that, ever since its Milan premiere starring Enrico Caruso at the Teatro Lyrico in November 1902, has been a standard opera on Italian stages. Its story is a romanticized treatment of the life of a real person, the celebrated French actor Adrienne Couvreur (original spelling, 1692-1730), who was the beloved of the great Voltaire, among many other men. She caused a sensation at her debut in 1717 at the Comédie Française in Paris when she appeared on stage in a simple robe, her bare shoulders covered only by her long luxurious hair. Previously, all female actors were normally costumed in elaborate drapery and plumed headdresses. In one stroke, Mlle. Couvreur (by now known under the more aristocratic form of Lecouvreur) changed the style of stage declamation forever, and became the favorite actress in France for the rest of her short life. When she died at the age of thirty-eight, rumor had it that a jealous noblewoman had poisoned her, as in the opera. Live performance, Naples, November 28, 1959.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Berg - Wozzeck (complete opera)

Berg - Wozzeck (complete opera)
ID: OPD7020
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Geraint Evans, Anja Silja, Fritz Uhl, et al., vocal soloists/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm, conductor

A gripping performance, one of the best recordings ever of this modern masterpiece, and certainly the best in its price range. Karl Böhm was one of the classic conductors of this opera from the beginning, and this is one of his most dramatic readings. Truly a legend in her own time, soprano Anja Silja recently celebrated her 70th birthday just a few months after performing in Berg’s opera Lulu! For over 30 years, she has been considered a leading vocal interpreter of Berg, Schoenberg, Weill, Janácek and Wagner. Live performance, Salzburg, August 8, 1971.

"Geraint Evans’Wozzeck is a powerful, tragic presence… Balancing clarity and madness, power and impotence, nobility and crudeness, it is one of the great portrayals of the role on disc. It is Böhm’s conducting that sets this performance apart, however, thanks in large part to the Vienna Philharmonic, which has rarely been captured playing with such violence and grit…Böhm seems to have the final catastrophe in sight from the very beginning, and each climax is more harrowing than the last…do not pass up this inexpensive release; it is an extraordinary document not to be missed.” - Gramophone

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Puccini - La fanciulla del West (complete opera)

Puccini - La fanciulla del West (complete opera)
ID: OPD7036
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Franco Corelli, Tito Gobbi, Gigliola Frazzoni, et al.: vocal soloists / Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan / Antonino Votto: conductor

Live performance, Milan, April 4, 1956. Puccini made a big hit with the American public when his new opera, The Girl of the Golden West, had its fi rst performance, not in Italy but at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso in the leading roles, and Toscanini conducting. The enthralled audience called out the composer and cast forty-seven times and placed on Puccini’s head a silver crown bearing the national colors of Italy and the US. When Franco Corelli died recently in Milan at the age of eighty-two, the opera world lost one of its most colorful figures, and the most thrilling Italian tenor of his generation. With his powerful voice and movie-star looks, Corelli became an opera matinee idol from the 1950s until his retirement in 1976. Opera d’Oro’s Grand Tier series presents the best-selling Opera d’Oro titles with libretto and deluxe new packaging at mid-price!

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Puccini - Madama Butterfly (complete opera)

Puccini - Madama Butterfly (complete opera)
ID: OPD7017
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Renata Scotto, Franca Mattiucci, Luciana Palombi, Renato Cioni, et al., vocal soloists/RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,Turin/Arturo Basile, conductor

Italian soprano Renata Scotto is perhaps the most acclaimed of all singers in the role of Madame Butterfly which was one of her specialties. She brought to it a perfection of style and youthful voice which have never been surpassed.

At the time of this recording Mme. Scotto was at the peak of her long career. The singing here is breathtakingly beautiful.

Presented for the first time at mid-price with original artwork by Rafal Olbinski and complete libretto, newly translated by Bill Parker, with a special essay on the performance by Ira Siff.

Live performance, Turin, 1967.

"Scotto [is] in complete control of all her faculties. Her portrait is that of a lovely, sad, victimized girl, who retains her dignity to the end. Remarkable!" - ClassicsToday.com

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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R. Strauss - Elektra (complete opera)

R. Strauss - Elektra (complete opera)
ID: OPD7033
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Inge Borkh, Lisa della Casa, Jean Madeira, Max Lorenz, Kurt Böhme, Alois Pernerstorfer, Anny Felbermayer, Sieglinde Wagner, Marilyn Horne, Lisa Otto, et al., vocal soloists/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Chorus of the Vienna State Opera/Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor

This classic performance of Richard Strauss’s Elektra, recorded live on August 7, 1957, is a priceless record of one of the greatest overall casts ever assembled for this explosive drama. Today’s listener will be startled to see the famous name of soprano Marilyn Horne, long since become an operatic superstar, listed as the “fourth maid” in this production of fifty years ago, but this was at the very beginning of her now legendary career. The “fifth maid,” Lisa Otto (b. 1919), was also to have a fine solo career later on, especially in Mozart, and the “third maid,” contralto Sieglinde Wagner (1921-2003), had an unusually long career of forty-four years as an opera and concert singer. The great conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) was born in Greece but made most of his successful career in the U.S. He was conductor of the New York Philharmonic 1951-1957 and was a mentor to Leonard Bernstein, who succeeded him. Recordings conducted by Mitropoulos are among the most desired collectors’ items in the catalogues today, as he made few recordings during his lifetime.

“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 an inexorable sense of direction … this Salzburg performance is a crowning achievement for both conductor and soprano.” - IRA SIFF

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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