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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 681 Mb | Total time: 77:30+78:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 0326 | Recorded: 1992

Rossini's La donna del lago ("The Lady of the Lake") is a lush, positively verdant dramatic opera, first performed in 1819, that deserves to be better known. Derived from Sir Walter Scott's famous poem, the story concerns love both unrequited and requited amid rebellious Scottish clans, as the titular lady is wooed by two rivals while her heart is pledged to another. Given Rossini's luxuriant orchestration and emphasis on romance, one can't help feeling that the composer had the hills of Tuscany more in mind than the rugged Scottish highlands. A succession of highly charged scenas contrast with languid melodies, such as Ellen's delightful introductory "Oh mattutini albori", making this a less bloodily melodramatic companion-piece to Donizetti's Scott-inspired Lucia di Lammermoor.

James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)

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James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)

James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.30 + 3.98 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 223 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Filmed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, John Copley's production of Rossini's last, longest and most elaborate work for the Italian stage brings together what many consider the definitive contemporary cast, led by Marilyn Horne and June Anderson. Semiramide, a strong and melodious work, is one of Rossini's greatest dramatic operas, offering a fine challenge to the superb contralto and soprano bel canto singing of Ms. Horne and Ms. Anderson.

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.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italian (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 167 min | 7,41 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1992

Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini’s rarely-performed Neapolitan masterpiece, set in feudal sixteenth century Scotland, with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem.