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Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (2000)

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Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (2000)

Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 768 Mb | Total time: 60:12+73:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | CD-80546 | Recorded: 1999

The most popular opera of Gluck might be Orfeo ed Euridice, but this one, Iphigénie en Tauride, is probably his most dramatically involving. It is about familial love and deep friendship and, as such, lacks the usual "love" music and interest. But the waters here run deep, and Martin Pearlman and his singers plumb those depths. Christine Goerke's Iphigénie is dignified, rich with expression and beautiful tone. Almost no less good is the Orestes of Rodney Gilfry, who uses his high baritone with intelligence and ease, singing tenderly when needed and explosively at other times. Vinson Cole brings grainy, expressive tenor to the role of Pylades firmly and effectively; and Stephen Salters, as the villainous Thaos, might sing coarsely, but it suits the character.

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko -  Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczała, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 42986 kbps / 2160p / 59.940 fps | 215 min | 86,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6074 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

DG presents the 2016 live recording of Lohengrin at the Dresden State Opera, conducted by Christian Thielemann and starring Piotr Beczala in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Elsa. Beczala’s Lohengrin was deemed “nothing short of spine tingling” by Opera News and ON hailed Netrebko’s performance in her first Wagnerian role as “utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe.”

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27106 kbps / 2160p / 50 fps | 122 min | 30,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3712 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

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Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 44:32+64:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 4509-98418-2 | Recorded: 1995

This latest version of Gluck’s masterpiece is something of a double hybrid: its starting point is the Berlioz version, which combines what Berlioz regarded as the best of the Italian original and the French revision (and using a contralto Orpheus), and then it is modified further, with a number of reorderings and some music restored, as well as revised orchestration. It isn’t very ‘authentic’, in terms of Gluck No. 1, Gluck No. 2 or Berlioz, but that of course doesn’t much matter as long as it works.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 401 Mb | Total time: 88:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 3425 | Recorded: 1991

…Gardiner's account of the Vienna Orfeo ed Euridice is peerless. One soon loses all sense of its being a period-instrument performance at all, so profound, at times overwhelming is its impact - so utterly right. In detail after detail - hauntingly poetic offstage instrumental complement, perfectly positioned in the drama (and perfectly captured by the excellent Philips recording); superbly stirring brass playing, which makes every entry a dramatic event; choral singing extraordinarily light in weight yet rich in emotional substance; exquisitely refined dance movements - and in sustainment of a delicately tenebrous, uniquely Gluckian atmosphere throughout, Gardiner's command of an opera championed since his first London concert performance, 21 years ago, is revealed as simply larger and fuller than almost anyone else's.

Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]

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Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]

Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27245 kbps / 2160p / 50 fps | 149 min | 36,8 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3589 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung).

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

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Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala: L'infedeltà delusa, La vera costanza (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 64:48+77:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C5255 | Recorded: 2009, 2011

Although Joseph Haydn is still regarded principally as a master of instrumental music, he was also one of the forward-looking opera composers of his day, devoting a significant portion of his working life to the genre. As the opera director for Prince Esterházy, he oversaw more than a thousand opera productions at the Esterházy court, which included popular stage works of the time, as well as his own. These two operas are unusual and ahead of their time in that it is women who take centre stage. These female protagonists are people of real flesh and blood, strong, pragmatic, and clearly representative of the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

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Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Audite | # 97.764 | Recorded: 2018

Contrary heroes: Symphonic poem Mazeppa and the opera fragment Sardanapalo performed by Karabits and the Weimar Staatskapelle. Sardanapalo who prefers wine and concubines to politics and warfare, and Mazeppa, who dies with glory, having endured pain and humiliation: dramatic literary models, impressively set to music by Franz Liszt. Written at the same time, these works represent Liszt’s ideas striving to unite literature and music, on the one hand modernising Italian opera and on the other advancing towards the symphonic poem in his orchestral writing.

Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)

Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Decca | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

There is a good sense here of the fitness of things, and of their grandeur too. Guleghina is the Abigaille of out time: powerful, intense, wide of range, agile in passagework, and when need arises capable of softness. As Nabucco, the veteran Nucci comes through with impressive authority and stamina… Chorus and orchestra do the arena and its 2007 season credit. (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 104 min | 4,11 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italian, French, English, German

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 193 min | 41.6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 193 min | 13,6 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko displays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, ‘veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness’ and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent ‘passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes’ (Opera News).

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Monteverdi Choir - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1989)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Monteverdi Choir - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1989)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Monteverdi Choir - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 508 Mb | Total time: 41:45+46:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7 49834 2 | Recorded: 1989

In spite of the French title, and the conductor known for his interest in period performance, this is not the French Orphee et Eurydice of 1774; it is a different 'period version', the period in question being not Gluck's but that of Berlioz (or, as we shall see, nearly so). In 1859, Berlioz, always a passionate admirer of Gluck, prepared a version of the opera for the contralto Pauline Viardot. The alto version of the opera was of course the original Italian one, of 1762, for a castrato, but Berlioz wanted to incorporate some of the changes Gluck had made in 1774 and to use a French text. His compromise version has served as the basis for most revivals of the opera, in whatever language, from then until relatively recent times, though its four-act structure has rarely been followed.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 948 Mb | Total time: 77:32+71:03+70:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC901358.60 | Recorded: 1990

Luigi Rossi (ca. 1597 – 20 February 1653) was an Italian Baroque composer. Rossi was born in Torremaggiore, a small town near Foggia, in the ancient kingdom of Naples and at an early age he went to Naples. There he studied music with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Annunziata and maestro di cappella to the Spanish viceroy. Rossi later entered the service of the Caetani, dukes of Traetta. Luigi Rossi composed just two operas: Il palazzo incantato, which was given at Rome in 1642; and Orfeo, written after he was invited by Cardinal Mazarin in 1646 to go to Paris for that purpose, and given its premiere there in 1647. Rossi returned to France in 1648 hoping to write another opera, but no production was possible because the court had sought refuge outside Paris. Rossi returned to Rome by 1650 and never attempted anything more for the stage.

Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 197 min | 41,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 197 min | 14,2 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Renée Fleming and Andreas Scholl lead a superb cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s celebrated production of Handel’s Rodelinda from the Metropolitan Opera – based on the "Live in HD" transmission to cinemas worldwide. The title role is unique in featuring no less than eight magnificent arias. Renée Fleming’s triumph in the first run of the production was hailed by The New York Times, "Ms Fleming draws on every resource of her artistry in this portrayal: luminous sound, exquisite ornamentation, floating high notes, emotional volatility."