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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2010)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2010)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Ruggero Raimondi, Kathleen Battle - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2010)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 192 min | 6,95 Gb + 5,75 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: The Metropolitan Opera | Sub: English | Recorded: 1985

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s landmark production of Mozart’s most human comedy provides the perfect setting for this superb cast under James Levine’s ebullient leadership. The philandering and arrogant Count Almaviva (Thomas Allen) is no match for his wily servant Figaro (Ruggero Raimondi), whose soon-to-be-wife Susanna (Kathleen Battle) is as manipulative as she is charming. Add in one beautiful, disillusioned Countess (Carol Vaness) and one irrepressible, testosterone-laden teenage boy (Cherubino, played by Federica von Stade), and it’s no wonder some critics say this is the perfect opera.

Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

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Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 66:40+51:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 5665 | Recorded: 1963

Deutsche Grammophon's reissue of its 1963 recording of La Traviata should be an essential part of the library of anyone who loves the opera because Renata Scotto's Violetta is so beautifully sung and dramatically realized. Scotto was at the beginning of her career, not yet 30, when she made this recording, three years before her acclaimed Madama Butterfly with John Barbirolli. Her voice is wonderfully fresh, with a youthful bloom that makes Violetta's plight especially poignant. She is in complete control; her tone is pure, full, and sweet; and her coloratura is agile, but it's her exceptional ability to act with her voice that makes her Violetta so memorable. This was the role in which she had made her debut when she was 18, and she inhabits it fully. She's entirely believable and inexorably draws the listener into the tragedy that Violetta's life becomes. It's a portrayal so vivid that not all of the rest of the cast can avoid being dwarfed by it.

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Mirella Freni, Gianni Raimondi - Puccini: La Boheme (2006/1965)

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Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Mirella Freni, Gianni Raimondi - Puccini: La Boheme (2006/1965)

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Mirella Freni, Gianni Raimondi - Puccini: La Bohème (2006/1965)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb (DVD9) | 103 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

In the early 1960s two artistic giants, conductor Herbert von Karajan and director Franco Zeffirelli, joined forces to create this milestone production of Puccini's masterpiece at Milan's Teatro alla Scala. Filmed in that legendary opera house in 1965, with Zeffirelli himself directing for the cameras, this "Bohème" has been acclaimed universally for its unique theatrical impact and visual splendour. Starring the young Mirella Freni in her career-making performance.