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Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

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Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.52 Gb+4.23 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 170 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) wanted to move the audience of his operas to tears. And this is exactly what Beatrice di Tenda manages to do: it has great music and the story really touches the heart. In this production by Daniel Schmid, one can experience the stunning singers Edita Gruberova and Michael Volle in the main roles – with Marcello Viotti conducting the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. In Beatrice di Tenda, Bellini departs from the belcanto style, which he used in Norma, and explores a new way of musical expression, which brought to the fore a new warmth and different characteristics.

Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

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Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

Roberto Abbado, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 62:30+69:04+39:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697856522 | Recorded: 1997

Make no mistake, this is not William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This version, by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani, has often been dismissed for its story line, which is very different from the familiar tale of the star-crossed lovers. Actually, as noted by musicologist-bel canto answer man Philip Gossett in his liner notes, Bellini and Romani hadn't read Shakespeare when they composed the opera. They had, however, read the sources on which Shakespeare based his play, but while both they and the Bard departed from the original, they departed in different directions. No matter: the opera has some gorgeous music, and it's given some gorgeous performances here by some very fine singers.

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997) [Re-Up]

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Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997) [Re-Up]

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: London/Decca | # 455 513-2 | Time: 01:07:23

The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of the most charming and talented singers to appear on the scene in recent years, and this collection of Italian songs by three great opera composers–Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini–is a most deserving bestseller. There are many small pleasures in the selections, which reflect the bel canto predilections of their authors, and Bartoli renders them artfully. Some will be familiar even to casual listeners (Rossini's La Danza, the famous tarantella); others will be new to most, but equally deserving of a hearing. The sensitive and skillful accompaniment is by conductor-pianist James Levine.

Joan Sutherland - Donizetti, Verdi, Handel & Bellini: Opera Works (2021)

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Joan Sutherland - Donizetti, Verdi, Handel & Bellini: Opera Works (2021)

Joan Sutherland - Donizetti, Verdi, Handel & Bellini: Opera Works (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 505 MB | Tracks: 20 | 114:35
Style: Classical, Opera | Label: Cameo Classics

Joan Sutherland (1926–2010). The world-renowned soprano Joan Sutherland left her Sydney home for London in 1952, with the ultimate aim of singing Wagner. Contracted to Covent Garden, she felt her future lay in heavy, dramatic roles; and her early assignments there included Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and the title role in Aida. Soon her breathtaking agility, crystalline staccatos and unique stratospheric purity became evident – not least as Jenifer in Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage, followed swiftly by the doll Olympia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann (both 1955). Although increasingly identified with the bel canto repertoire, until her 1959 Covent Garden triumph in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor she kept her options open.

Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27976 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 91 min | 23,2 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3443 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 91 min | 5,90 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub.: English, French, German

Callas made her belated Paris debut with this concert at the sumptuous Paris Opéra—now known as the Palais Garnier—in 1958. It was a major social event, attended by le tout Paris, and Callas appeared on the famous stage wearing her most elegant couture and a million dollars’ worth of jewellery. She opened with Norma’s “Casta diva”, which was followed by Leonora’s plaintive aria and the gripping “Miserere” from Act 4 of Il trovatore, before she lightened the mood with “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Maria Callas - In Concert: Hamburg 1959 & 1962 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Maria Callas - In Concert: Hamburg 1959 & 1962 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Maria Callas - In Concert: Hamburg 1959 & 1962 (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20005 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 118 min | 19,7 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 118 min | 6,45 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub.: English, French, German

Callas’s only operatic appearances in Germany were Lucia di Lammermoor, with Karajan conducting, in Berlin in 1955, and La sonnambula in Cologne in 1957, but in both 1959 and 1962 she made concert tours of the country, visiting Hamburg twice. The video recordings of her concerts in the city showcase her in a dazzling variety of Italian and French repertoire for both soprano and mezzo-soprano: three consisting Verdi roles (Lady Macbeth, Elvira from Ernani and Elisabetta from Don Carlo); Imogene from Bellini’s Il pirate; Giulia from La vestale; Chimѐne from Massenet’s Le Cid; Verdi’s most explosively dramatic aria for mezzo-soprano—Eboli’s ‘O don fatale’ from Don Carlo; Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Séguedille and, from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Angelina’s final rondo, which magically combines modest charm and sparkling virtuosity.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 62:17+30:43+69:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 413-2 | Recorded: 1964

I believe this is the only note-complete performance of this opera, and furthermore, the only one that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control.

Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfonica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)

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Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfonica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)

Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.32 + 5.54 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 159 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, Catalan, Chinese

The “Queen of Coloratura”, Edita Gruberova, is the undisputed star of this recording of I puritani from the opera house in Barcelona. Her interpretation of Bellini’s Elvira has certainly become one of her showpieces and her superb technique, her top notes and exquisite pianissimos and her amazing command of coloratura make her the focus of this production. The audience rewarded her with long enthusiastic ovations after her the mad scene in the second act, when her heart breaking rendering of the elegiac “Qui la voce sua soave” and the dazzling coloratura in the fast cabaletta undoubtedly sets her name next to the great Elviras of the 20th century. Arthaus captures on DVD Andrei Serban’s production of Bellini’s gloomy masterpiece.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 794 Mb | Total time: 174:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 417 588-2 | Recorded: 1975

Sutherland's singing here is brighter and fresher than her earlier recording, with the lovely aria 'Qui la voce' no longer a wordless melisma…The recording is vivid and atmospheric and one marvels at Bellini's gorgeous melodies…with Sutherland, Bonynge and all on electrifying form.

Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)

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Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)

Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 211 Mb | Total time: 49:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delos | DE 3541 | Recorded: 2017

American tenor Stephen Costello's meteoric career has taken him to the stages of the world's top opera houses. In this, his first recording for Delos, he performs a glittering assortment of arias that will appeal strongly to any opera lover, but that will be a particular treat for fans of the bel canto repertoire. While it mainly showcases classic arias by Gaetano Donizetti, we also hear single selections by Vicenzo Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi. Polished and sensitive orchestral collaboration comes courtesy of Maestro Constantine Orbelian and his vaunted Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. The Associated Press has called Stephen Costello ''… a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.''

Carlo Rizzi, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato - Bellini: Norma (2018) [BDRip]

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Carlo Rizzi, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato - Bellini: Norma (2018) [BDRip]

Carlo Rizzi, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato - Bellini: Norma (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 169 min | 9,19 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

To open the Met’s 2017–18 season, powerhouse soprano Sondra Radvanovsky tackled one of opera’s most fearsome roles, the title druid priestess of Bellini’s Norma, who wrestles with love and betrayal before making the ultimate sacrifice on a funeral pyre. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang Norma’s friend and rival, Adalgisa, in Sir David McVicar’s evocative production.

Daniel Oren, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2005)

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2005)

Daniel Oren, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.69 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

TDK presents a remarkable staging of one of Bellini’s opera masterpieces on DVD: The wonderful singer-actor and coloratura soprano Eva Mei presents one of her showpieces - Amina, the sleep-walking heroine. She has sung the role all over Italy, from Palermo to Turin and has been loved by audiences all over the world for her clear voice and her stage personality. Beside her, the Catalan tenor José Bros, a renowned Bellini specialist, repeats what Il giornale della musica described as his “secure and committed” performance in the role of Amina’s fiancé Elvino. But the show belongs to the heroine, and Eva Mei was praised in the same periodical for her “bel canto skill, her pure, radiant top notes and the resolute, yet unaffected and elegant way she dominates the stage.” This performance at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2004 is lead by the superb opera conductor, Daniel Oren, who has a long alliance with Italian opera houses and regularly conducts at the Arena di Verona.

Giovanni Antonini, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Bellini: Norma (2013)

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Giovanni Antonini, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Bellini: Norma (2013)

Giovanni Antonini, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Bellini: Norma (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 593 Mb | Total time: 143:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 6018 | Recorded: 2011, 2013

For generations Bellini’s “Norma” has been looked at from the vantage point of the Verismo era at the beginning of the 20th century. Now Cecilia Bartoli unveils the opera’s original pre-romantic style and colour by taking Norma back to its roots. For the first time ever the entire music is recorded with period instruments from Bellini’s time. Traditional cuts are reinstated. Keys and tonalities are put back into place and the music is executed according to Bellini’s own tempo indications.

Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)

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Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)

Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 14365 2 | Recorded: 2007

This selection of scenes and arias, all very familiar items, is distinguished by the imaginative accompaniments under Evelino Pidò. …here we have one of the great opera personalities of our time - it's a lovely voice, used with a formidable technique.
–Gramophone

Julian Reynolds, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Julian Reynolds, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Julian Reynolds, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24001 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 161 min | 41,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 161 min | 14,8 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

In Guy Joosten's ingenious production of Bellini's masterpiece, Norma is about more than just beautiful singing. It becomes a layered, timeless drama in which Norma is the archetypal successful woman struggling to retain her dominant but vulnerable position. Hasmik Papian's lyrical and intense interpretation of the title role accentuates the striking similarity between a Druid high priestess and a modern opera diva. Conductor Julian Reynolds guides the brilliant cast, choir and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra to great heights, providing a refreshing new take on the chef d’oeuvre of bel canto.