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Frank Beermann, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie - Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama (2014)

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Frank Beermann, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie - Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama (2014)

Frank Beermann, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie - Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,22 Gb | Total time: 255:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 828-2 | Recorded: 2013

On 29 November 1863 Giacomo Meyerbeer noted in his journal, "Worked seven hours: the last scene with Selica is instrumented and revised, and with it the score of Vasco completed. May God bless the work and grant it a dazzling and enduring success." Meyerbeer called the opera completed by him four months prior to his death Vasco de Gama, but it came to be known to posterity as L’Africaine (The African Woman). Now how did this happen? Meyerbeer had been working on the opera since 1837, and L’Africaine was its original title. Eugène Scribe’s libretto told the story of an African princess who unhappily falls in love with a Portuguese naval officer. After some initial enthusiasm Meyerbeer soon had his doubts about the subject. Years of revision and rejection followed. It was not until 1849, following Le Prophète, that he resumed his work on it. The Portuguese seafarer now became the historical explorer Vasco da Gama.

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 205 min | 42.7 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 205 min | 14,4 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece.
Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer’s great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

Stefan Soltesz, Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Die Hugenotten (2013/1991) [Blu-Ray]

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Stefan Soltesz, Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Die Hugenotten (2013/1991) [Blu-Ray]

Stefan Soltesz, Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Die Hugenotten (2013/1991) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 15477 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 158 min | 20,1 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 158 min | 8,59 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, French, Spanish

The grand opera Die Hugenotten was one of the greatest operatic successes of the 19th century, and its creator was hailed as the foremost composer of his time. Yet today, he is largely forgotten by the opera-going public and his works lie gathering dust in opera house repertories around the world.

Daniel Oren, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable (2013)

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Daniel Oren, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable (2013)

Daniel Oren, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable (2013)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 211 min | 4,18+7,16 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English, Français, Deutsch, Japanese, Korean | Recorded: 2012

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece. Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer’s great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

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Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:22 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66683

Volume 23 in the Hyperion Liszt series validates Liszt's phenomenal mastery of transcribing, and in the case of Berlioz's "Harold in Italy," translating an orchestral work with viola obbligato into a magnificent chamber work for piano and viola. The excellent content of Berlioz's work alone can easily earn five stars, but the other three substantial transcriptions of Gounod and Meyerbeer enhance the splendor of this recording even further.

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 987 Mb | Total time: 217:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 430 549-2 | Recorded: 1969

Sutherland is predictably impressive. Her 'O beau pays' is thrillingly done…with much attention to detail. Tourangeau as the page is another highlight…This is by far the most successful recording of this work and with a brilliant recording to match the ambitions of the project.— Penguin Guide

David Parry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto [2006]

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David Parry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto [2006]

David Parry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto [2006]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 66.24+75.38+70.44+71.13 | Covers | 1,06 Gb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC10 | Rec: 1991

Meyerbeer’s elaborate use of vocal and orchestral forces is seminal in the development of 19th-century opera. Opera Rara’s edition features all the music written for productions the composer supervised. In the opera Adriano, a Knight of Rhodes, comes to Egypt in search of his nephew Armando, whom he believes may have died in battle. In fact he has married Palmide, daughter of the Sultan of Egypt and she has converted to Christianity. The furious Sultan throws everyone in jail, but all is forgiven when Armando intercedes in a plot to overthrow his father-in-law.

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou [2003]

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David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou [2003]

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou [2003]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 61.45+56.14+53.40 | Covers | 599 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC25 | Rec: 2002

Margherita d’Anjou is the fourth of Meyerbeer’s six Italian operas. Although he is often accused of imitating Rossini, this engaging opera shows how Meyerbeer uses the musical conventions of the time to forge his own musical style. With this score he challenged the orchestra of La Scala, one of the best in Italy, to its technical limits. New and exciting effects are heard in the orchestration of Margherita d’Anjou – ideas that would surface again in Dinorah, almost 40 years later. For this recording Opera Rara fields another extraordinary cast with the gifted soprano Annick Massis in the title role.

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots  (2006)

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 200 min | 5,75 + 4,27 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1981

In tradition of grand opera, Dame Joan Sutherland's farewell performance to the operatic stage in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots is a gala triumph of spectacle, pageantry, and drama. This technically complex production captures the horror and tragedy of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, as well as the splendor and romance of 16th century France. Sutherland's glorious soprano voice is just one of the many brilliant highlights of this acclaimed performance, a revival of director Lotfi Mansouri's highly praised 1981 production. Often referred to as "The Night of the Seven Stars," Les Huguenots is a demanding production that requires the presence of seven major talents to sing the lead roles. For this reason, it is not often performed, but it is a most fitting end to the career of "La Stupenda," one of opera¹s brightest stars.

Giuliano Carella, Essen Philharmonic - Meyerbeer: Le Prophete (2018)

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Giuliano Carella, Essen Philharmonic - Meyerbeer: Le Prophete (2018)

Giuliano Carella, Essen Philharmonic - Meyerbeer: Le Prophète (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 948 Mb | Total time: 70:37+74:19+69:53 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: OehmsClassics| # OC 971 | Recorded: 2017

The present release is the first recording of Meyerbeer‘s principal work, recorded on the basis of the new critical edition of the opera. This edition not only considers the musical text of the version known during the 19th century and released by the publisher Brandus, but also offers the version of the work that Meyerbeer produced for the definitive instrumentation and allowed to be rehearsed in Paris beginning in December 1848. OehmsClassics is delighted not only over the magnificent production, but also over the continuation of their collaboration with the Aalto Music Theatre in Essen. With an all-star cast including John Osborn, Marianne Cornetti, Lynette Tapia, and many more, this production is one that cannot be missed.

Maria Callas Live in Rome 1952 and San Remo 1954 (2002)

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Maria Callas Live in Rome 1952 and San Remo 1954 (2002)

Maria Callas Live in Rome 1952 and San Remo 1954 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 62:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 67922 2 | Recorded: 1952, 1954

These two concerts, from very early in Maria Callas' career, are of the if-you've-got-it-flaunt-it school of singing. At these points in her performing life there was little Callas couldn't do: almost three octaves were at her command; she was fearless (and reckless) with her resources; and her innate dramatic sense was, if not quite in full-bloom, then at least in mid-blush.
The first concert alternates two murderous–and voice-murdering–Verdi heroines, Abigaille and Lady Macbeth, with two coloratura shrinking violets, Lucia and Lakmé. The alternation of heavy and light, brutal and fragile, is astonishing, the variations in tone consistently remarkable, the singing itself absolutely secure. From 1954 we get light coloratura (Dinorah) enchantingly sung; dramatic coloratura (Konstanze) with a vengeance; lovely lyric (Louise) almost convincing but not quite "pretty" enough; and the nearly-overwhelming fireworks of Armida. The sound is acceptable-to-good. This is a must-have.
–Robert Levine

Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto (2007)

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Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto (2007)

Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 208 min | 7,75+5,94 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2007

Meyerbeer composed Il Crociato in just over one year, between September 1822 and the following autumn, at the end of the German composer's so-called "Italian period". Although this is an opera of great dramatic and musical complexity its première was highly successful with both audience and critics, one commentator accurately describing it as "a building of highlyapplauded construction". The plot, so rich in events, skilfully weaves historical-religious elements with private happenings and feelings. Against the background of the interreligious conflict between Christians and Muslims, the story of the main characters unfolds in an efficacious alternation of grand choral scenes and solo numbers with arias and cabalettas. Il Crociato in Egitto was Meyerbeer's last and greatest Italian success and the opera that made his name on the international scene; it was also the first of Meyerbeer's grand operas to fall into disgrace. This La Fenice production, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, is the first in modern times and has Patrizia Ciofi (Palmide) and the male soprano Michael Maniaci (Armando D'Orville) in the main roles.

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo - Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo - Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra and Chorus of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo - Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 194 min | 5,45+6,94 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1988

Plácido Domingo as Vasco da Gama and Shirley Verrett as the African queen, whom he has enslaved, star in Giacomo Meyerbeer‘s spectacular grand opera L’Africaine, in a colourfully exotic production by Lotfi Mansouri, under the sensitive musical direction of Maurizio Arena. The visual splendour of Wolfram Skalicki’s designs matches the vocal distinction of the cast in this seldom performed masterpiece. Director Brian Large captured this magical performance from the San Francisco Opera House for video in 1988.

Fabio Luisi, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou (2018)

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Fabio Luisi, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou (2018)

Fabio Luisi, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou (2018)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.56+4.18 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 160 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch

Margherita d’Anjou was Giacomo Meyerbeer’s fourth opera in Italian and his first real success. After an absence from the stage of about 150 years, it returned at the 43rd Festival della Valle d'Itria in an outstanding production. Director Alessandro Talevi’s ironical setting - where the War of the Roses takes place at the London Fashion Week - is perfectly matched by the elegant direction of Fabio Luisi with the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia. The opera, which belongs to the semi-serious genre, moves from the warlike tones of Act One to the idyllic ones of Act Two, where both female protagonists appear: the queen, a soprano, and the wife, a contralto; both seek the love of an heroic tenor equally daring in battle and in music.

Rani Calderon, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Semiramide (2007)

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Rani Calderon, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Semiramide (2007)

Rani Calderon, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Meyerbeer: Semiramide (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 595 Mb | Total time: 76:25+77:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 533/1-2 | Recorded: 2006

Meyerbeer’s opera, written four years before Rossini’s Semiramide, is based on an adaptation, probably done by Count Ludovico Piossasco Feys, of the libretto written by Pietro Metastasio in the far-off year of 1729, which had already been set to music several times by leading composers of the eighteenth century. Count Piossasco Feys worked skilfully and transformed the Metastasio tragedy, based on the classical alternation recitative - solo aria, into a more agile, modern structure, including a smaller number of arias, duets, trios and ensemble pieces. Meyerbeer’s opera was written for one of the most esteemed singers of the day, Carolina Bassi, a performer with a great vocal range that enabled her to give of her best both in contralto and in soprano roles. In the early part of the opera, where Semiramide dresses in men’s clothing, passing herself off as her son, Meyerbeer writes her part using a rather low register. Only after she has revealed her true nature as a woman can Semiramide free herself vocally and rise up to the higher notes of the soprano register.