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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Pioneer | Sub: English

Dame Joan Sutherland and tenor Alfredo Kraus star in Donizetti's tale of sixteenth century opulence and decadence. Joan Sutherland is unquestionably the unsurpassed Lucrezia of all-time, and this production at Covent Garden showcases her incomparable coloratura technique. Bel canto specialist Richard Bonynge conducts The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in this historic performance.

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

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Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 73:33+75:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | GL 100.545 | Recorded: 1961

There's little doubt that to have heard Sutherland in 1961 must have been really something. It was the year she found New York, and New York found her. This recording, along with the live recording of her early 1961 New York debut in Beatrice di Tenda are legendary moments. Both are concert performances, conducted by Nicola Rescigno.
This Sonnambula was in Carnegie Hall in December and just after her Met debut. The voice is astonishing. The 'Ah, non guinge' is sung with almost wild abandon, absolutely thrilling, and was described the next day by Harold Schonberg as "flawlessly performed pyrotechnics".

Bruno Campanella, Choeurs & Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris- Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2002)

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Bruno Campanella, Choeurs & Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris- Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2002)

Bruno Campanella, Choeurs & Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opera de Paris, June Anderson, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 488 Mb | Total time: 68:49+42:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 724357526029 | Recorded: 1986

La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. It was first performed on 11 February 1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse.

Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)

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Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)

Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 635 Mb | Total time: 72:40+68:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | # GL 100.588 | Recorded: 1975

Eve Queler has her shortcomings as a conductor. But a conductor's main task is to make a performance happen, to bring all the elements together, and Ms. Queler has been doing this with scrappy determination for 30 years in her role as music director of the Opera Orchestra of New York. Her invaluable mission has been to present concert performances of little-known or problematic operas with the best casts available.

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

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Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.58 Gb | Total time: 53:37+59:35+71:36+53:08+70:47+65:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 799622 | Recorded: 1963, 1967, 1970

Verdi, child of the people, king of popular opera, began life as the son of an innkeeper. He was brought up in modest circumstances. He first received lessons from the village priest, who was amazed by the young musician’s talents. Verdi’s musical education was rounded and complete: at the age of sixteen, the composer wrote fugues, masses and symphonies, which he would later destroy. As he met with reticence in Milan, he settled in Busseto where he fell victim to the pettiness of the town. However, his strong willpower enabled him to pursue his musical path without paying heed to what people said.

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

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Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The Metropolitan Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor features Joan Sutherland in a triumphant return to the Met after a four year absence. Dame Joan gives a performance of astounding facility and musical sensitivity. Gaetano Donizetti's tragic masterpiece is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, a brooding tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland. Taped live in its entirety on November 13, 1982.

Alain Guingal, Alfredo Kraus, Barbara Hendricks - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann [2003/1988]

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Alain Guingal, Alfredo Kraus, Barbara Hendricks - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann [2003/1988]

Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Alain Guingal, Alfredo Kraus, Barbara Hendricks) [2003/1988]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.38 Gb (DVD9) | 166 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol

The exceptional nature and high artistic quality of this performance justify publication of this video even though the filming was done only to preserve the performance for Teatro Regio's archives and therefore offers few close-up shots and occasionally unclear lighting.