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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon - Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprevue; Don Juan [2008]

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon - Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprevue; Don Juan [2008]

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, The English Baroque Soloisits - Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprévue; Don Juan [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 264.35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69562-0 | Recorded: 1981/87/90

This four disc set from Erato opens with Gluck’s three act lyric tragedy Iphigénie en Aulide, his first original ‘French’ opera for the fashionable Paris Opéra. In 1773 Gluck had been persuaded that he could establish himself at the Paris Opéra (also known as L’Opéra) by François du Roullet, an attaché at the French Embassy in Vienna. Baille du Roullet provided Gluck with the libretto for Iphigénie en Aulide, based on the tragedy of Racine and founded on the play of Euripides. Initially the Director of L’Opéra hesitated in accepting Gluck’s score. Fortunately he had a influential ally in Marie-Antoinette, the Queen of France, to whom he had taught singing and harpsichord. The first staging of Iphigénie en Aulide was at the Paris Opéra in 1774.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:29:32 | 458 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 0289 473 6442 9

This is one of the Decca stereo recordings of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas that does not include dialog. Thanks to the popularity of the work, it is familiar enough that missing the few plot points that occur in dialog doesn't hurt it. However, this is a somewhat disappointing performance and recording by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company compared to the others in this series of reissues. Longtime principal comedian John Reed is Ko-Ko.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 473 Mb | Total time: 58:20+59:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 806-2 | Recorded: 1990

Listening to this work so soon after hearing Zauberflote one is amazed anew that Mozart could write two such totally contrasted pieces within months of each other. Here, in the composer's last opera seria, we are in another world, one of formality tempered by the deep emotions engendered by love and jealousy. Instead of birdcatchers and Masonic rights we are dealing with historic figures in a supposedly historic context with down-to-earth feelings. For each Mozart finds precisely the appropriate music.

Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)

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Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)

Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:55:46 | 130 MB
Label: Alba

New release Sweet Rapture and Heartache includes 12 of the most beloved opera arias for soprano. Arias are performed by a rising Finnish soprano star Marjukka Tepponen and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Alberto Hold-Garrido. Marjukka Tepponen, winner of the Timo Mustakallio Competition in Savonlinna in 2008, went on to take the first prize in the national Lappeenranta Singing Competition in January 2010. She has been a soloist with most of the main Finnish orchestras, and abroad with, for example, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. In 2010 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera, the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Graz Opera in Austria. In summer 2015 she makes her debut at the Bregenz Festival as Liù in Turandot.

Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)

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Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)

Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:51:12 | 256 MB
Label: Naxos

David Mason’s beautiful verse adaptation of Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, astutely portrays its characters amid the Puritan society of 17th-century New England. My music – lyrically expressive and intricately orchestrated – dramatizes the psychological underpinnings of this story. Though Hester is shamed for adultery, her steadfast strength of character reveals a true moral sense, while the weaknesses of both her lover and estranged husband ultimately yield their self-destruction.'

Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)

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Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)

Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:57:35 | 274 MB
Label: Naxos

Vincenzo Bellini was among the most important Italian opera composers of the early 19th century, and the quintessential representative of its bel canto tradition. Despite his enduring renown, his official operatic debut Bianca e Gernando was known only in its revised version of Bianca e Fernando until this rediscovery and revival at Bad Wildbad in July 2016. Set in the ducal palace of Agrigento and with its tale of secretive plots and triumph over tyranny, this original version of the opera presents both unknown music and significant differences from the revised version, giving its dramatic shape a distinctive new character.

Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)

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Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)

Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:58:32 | 742 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Pearl | Catalog: SHE9615

“IVANHOE is a romantic opera in three acts based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by Julian Sturgis. It premiered at the Royal English Opera House on 31 January 1891 for a consecutive run of 155 performances, unheard of for a grand opera. Later that year it was performed six more times, making a total of 161 performances.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo [1991]

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo [1991]

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo[1991]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 832 Mb | Total time: 78:02+70:45+61:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 674-2 | Recorded: 1990

“This is unquestionably the most vital and authentic account of Idomeneo to date on disc. We have here what was given at the work's first performance in Munich plus, in appendices, what Mozart wanted, or was forced, to cut before that premiere and the alternative versions of certain passages, so that various combinations of the piece can be programmed by the listener. Gardiner's direct, dramatic conducting catches ideally the agony of Idomeneo's terrible predicament – forced to sacrifice his son because of an unwise row. This torment of the soul is also entirely conveyed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson in the title role to which Anne Sofie von Otter's moving Idamante is an apt foil. Sylvia McNair is a diaphanous, pure-voiced Ilia, Hillevi Martinpelto a properly fiery, sharp-edged Elettra.

VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)

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VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)

VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:26:20 | 205 MB
Label: Navona

Chicago-based composer Ross Crean’s opera The Great God Pan soars in this new release, the first collaboration between the composer and PARMA recordings. The Great God Pan takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior. Impressively, Crean adapted Machen’s narrative into the work’s libretto himself, an ambitious and rare undertaking for a composer. Crean’s familiarity with the story shows through in the emotional resonance of his music, which matches and communicates the character’s concerns and feelings with unflinching precision. The key to Crean’s musical portrayal of the story is twofold.

Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti Forever: The Ultimate Collection (2007)

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Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti Forever: The Ultimate Collection (2007)

Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti Forever: The Ultimate Collection (2007)
DVD9: NTSC 4:3 & 16:9 (720x480) VBR, Auto Letterboxed
LPCM 2 ch, 1536 Kbps / DTS 6 ch, 755 Kbps / AC3 6 ch, 448 Kbps
Classical, Opera, Stage & Screen | 01:46:24 | ~ 6.43 Gb

Pavarotti Forever prougly presents the ultimate collection from the world's favourite tenor. Specially selected from six of his landmark concerts (including The Three Tenors and his one-man spectaculars Hyde Park and Central Park), this DVD collection captures the unique warmth, personality and charisma of Luciano Pavarotti…

Rolando Boer, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2012) [Blu-ray]

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Rolando Boer, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2012) [Blu-ray]

Rolando Böer, Albina Shagimuratova, Günther Groissböck, Saimir Pirgu, Genia Kühmeier, Alex Esposito - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2012)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19994 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 34 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3991 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 8,82 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli -  Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 174:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 460 772-2 | Recorded: 1998

This full-length opera seria–written by Mozart at age 14–has had some strong recorded exposure in the past, but this set may bring it to a broader public than ever before. Now that Handel's operas in the same genre are much more in evidence, what once might've seemed like the work of an underdeveloped dramatist is only Mozart maintaining the status quo, which is a long, expository, musically conservative first act followed by two shorter acts with much more individualistic arias, some of them exquisite and among the composer's very best. Conductor Christophe Rousset is perfect for finding the dramatic center of every moment. But the set is worth buying just for its passionate cast, which features Cecilia Bartoli, Brian Asawa, Natalie Dessay, and Sandrine Piau firing on all vocal cylinders. The biggest surprise is tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini's account of the title role. It may not be graceful but it sure is electrifying. There's only one disappointment: Mozart wrote several versions of some arias to please his star singers, and this recording leaves one hungry to hear his outtakes.
(David Patrick Stearns)

V.A. - Great Voices Of The Opera (10CD Box Set, 2000)

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V.A. - Great Voices Of The Opera (10CD Box Set, 2000)

V.A. - Great Voices Of The Opera (10CD Box Set, 2000)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1,29 Gb | Scans 5,75 Mb
Label: Documents

10 CD Wallet Box of the greatest voices in Opera including Maria Callas, Rosa Ponselle, Kirsten Flagstad, Lotte Lehman, Enrico Caruso, Giuseppe Stefano, Benjamino Gigli, Lauritz Melchior, Richard Tauber and Tito Gobbi.

Victor Pablo Perez, Orchestra of Teatro Real, Carlos Alvarez, Maria Bayo, Sonia Ganasi - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2010) [Blu-Ray]

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Victor Pablo Perez,  Orchestra of Teatro Real, Carlos Alvarez, Maria Bayo, Sonia Ganasi - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Víctor Pablo Pérez, Orchestra of Teatro Real, Carlos Álvarez, María Bayo, Sonia Ganasi, José Bros - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 171 min | 41,3 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 171 min | 9,28 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Luis Pasqual's powerful production for the Spanish capital sets Da Ponte's timeless story of sleaze and seduction into the dark world of 1940s Spain. Carlos Álvarez, in the title role, toys with the affections of Donna Anna, Zerlina and the Spanish lady Donna Elvira, before his overpowering methods finally bring his own destruction. "José Bros is a luxurious Don Ottavio, with an excellent high register, perfect diction and an exquisite vocal elegance. Alvarez is the perfect Trickster of Seville. Victor Pablo Pérez, one of the most reputed conductors of the Spanish scene, manages a crystal clear work, very attentive to the beauty of Mozart's score." (La Razón, Madrid)

Paolo Carignani, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Verdi: Les vepres siciliennes (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Paolo Carignani, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Verdi: Les vepres siciliennes (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Paolo Carignani, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Verdi: Les vêpres siciliennes (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 184 min | 41,9 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 184 min | 9,98 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Les vêpres siciliennes, like the similarly epic Don Carlos, was conceived as a grand opéra for Paris and is driven by the tensions between private passions and public politics. Originally set during Sicily’s 13th-century uprising against French rule, in Christof Loy’s staging for the Netherlands Opera the action is transposed to a 1940s world of sudden violence and shadowy double-dealing. Imaginatively cast and idiomatically conducted, the performance presents this magnificent score in its entirety, including the allegorical ballet The Four Seasons.