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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Teatro Regio di Parma Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: La forza del destino (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Teatro Regio di Parma Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: La forza del destino (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Teatro Regio di Parma Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: La forza del destino (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 178 min | 45,4 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / 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 / 29,97 fps | 178 min | 12,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

For "La forza del destino", Verdi created one of his most famous melodies, the "fate" motif that permeates the whole of the score. Music and action alternate in masterly fashion between large-scale crowd scenes and intimate interiority, in that way illustrating Verdi's real theme: the manner in which fallible human beings are destroyed by a cruel fate.

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 140 min | 36,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / 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 / 29,97 fps | 140 min | 9,83 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Il Trovatore was based on the play El Trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez and was an instant success. The cast is here led by Marcelo Alvarez, Norma Fantini and Leo Nucci and is conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.
Large symbols…make an effective home for a serious Il Trovatore, precisely paced and balanced by Yuri Temirkanov…Especially notable is his handling of what one might term 'old' Verdi orchestral tricks (ironic Bellinian wind counterpoints of parodistic military brass). The casting here is led by a Manrico from Marcelo Alvarez worthy of vocal and dramatic attention. (Gramophone Magazine)

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 137 min | 39,4 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / 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 / 29,97 fps | 137 min | 7,20 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This is a wonderful performance, one of the finest in this Tutto Verdi series of the complete operas. Conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti is an unlikely looking gentleman at first glance but at his first wave of the baton one realizes he is a master. His upbeat tempi have a big sweep that gives the opera the brilliance Verdi intended. The tenor, Francesco Meli (Riccardo), is a young fresh voice, powerful and sensitive; the baritone, Vladimir Stoyanov is beginning to take over from the venerable Nucci in the series.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Purcell Collection [8CD] (1994)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Purcell Collection [8CD] (1994)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Purcell Collection [8CD] (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.88 Gb | Total time: 06:59:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| 4509-96371-2 | Recorded: 1976-1987

This eight-disc set includes odes and theater pieces; and Gardiner's performances are more than excellent. He synthesizes the spare delicacy and ceremonial grandeur of Purcell's music in performances that are very satisfying.

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Jean-Féry Rebel: Ulysse (2007)

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Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Jean-Féry Rebel: Ulysse (2007)

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Jean-Féry Rebel: Ulysse (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 620 Mb | Total time: 125:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Musiques à la Chabotterie ‎| 605003 | Recorded: 2007

'Ulysse' by Jean-Fery Rebel (1666-1747), with its prologue and five acts, was given at the Paris Opera on January 23 1703. The libretto by Henry Guichard, after Homer, recounts the return of Ulysses to Ithaca, where Circe, still in love with him, attempts to regain him by magic. The opera ends in the triumph of love over evil. Rebel followed the formal framework of the lyric tragedies of his master Lully, including some scenes to marvel at. But his orchestral writing also announces Rameau, especially in the depiction of battles, earthquakes or storms.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 636 Mb | Total time: 60:04+62:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45715-2 | Recorded: 1991

'Titon et l'Aurore' is an opera in three acts and a prologue by the French composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville which was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 January 1753. The authorship of the libretto has been subject to debate; Mondonville's contemporaries ascribed the prologue to Antoine Houdar de la Motte and the three acts of the opera to the Abbé de La Marre. Titon et l'Aurore belongs to the genre known as the pastorale héroïque. The work played an important role in the so-called Querelle des Bouffons, a dispute over the relative merits of the French and Italian operatic traditions which dominated the intellectual life of Paris in the early 1750s.

Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 40,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / 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 / 29,97 fps | 170 min | 8,37 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 192 Kbps | AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

The singing and musicianship here is of a high standard and Zanetti conducts with verve…Certain aspects of Pier Luigi Pizzi’s production are good while others are somewhat disappointing. (MusicWeb International)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 72:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMC 901454 | Recorded: 1992

The appearance on disc of Antoine Dauvergne's opera-bouffon of 1753, Les Troqueurs is at once a happy occasion and a frustrating one. For while we can rejoice at the chance to make the acquaintance of this charming little intermede, it also serves to remind us that there are an awful lot of French comic operas from the second half of the eighteenth century that remain unheard. This is repertory that is both interesting and important to the history of opera in general, and Les Troqueurs is the work that stands at its head, for following as it did on the heels of the influential Paris performances of Pergolesi's La serva padrona it was the first real attempt at a wholly French comic opera in the same modern, dramatically light-footed mould.

Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)

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Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)

Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.07 Gb | Total time: 170:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 4157 | Recorded: 1993-1994

As part of Decca's acclaimed Entartete (German for Degenerate) series devoted to either suppressed or forbidden music during the first half of the 20th century, Franz Schreker's opera Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is a period masterpiece. This story of a dying woman painter Carlotta betraying here longstanding faithful lover Alviano for a newer more physically attractive Tamare and the consequences that ensue is certainly intriguing. Lovers of expertly-crafted, infectiously beautiful orchestration however will simply rejoice in the massive 120+ member ensemble Schreker requires assembled here. All of the vocalists deliver energetic, passionate performances throughout and Decca's sound is state of the art. All in all a remarkable achievement!

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008)[BluRay]

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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008)[BluRay]

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 34,5 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2559 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 152 min | 10,6 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don Jose, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world's favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet's irresistible score drives the tragedy forward - powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 877 Mb | Total time: 59:20+52:12+55:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: l’Oiseau-Lyre | 455 064-2 | Recorded: 1996

Les fêtes de Paphos (The Festivals of Paphos) is an opéra-ballet in three acts (or entrées) by the French composer Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville. The work was described as a ballet héroïque on the title page of the printed score. Each act had a different librettist. Les fêtes de Paphos was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 May 1758 and was a popular success. Mondonville recycled material from two of his previous operas for the first two acts, namely Erigone (1747) and Vénus et Adonis (1752), both originally composed for Madame de Pompadour's Théâtre des Petits Cabinets. The title of the work is explained in the preface to the printed score. Paphos was a city in Cyprus sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. "Reunited on the island of Paphos, Venus, Bacchus and Cupid decide to enliven their leisure in such a pleasant location by celebrating their first loves, and this gives rise to the following three acts and the title Les fêtes de Paphos."

Arnold Gramm, Orchestra American Opera Society, Montserrat Caballé - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1999)

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Arnold Gramm, Orchestra American Opera Society, Montserrat Caballé - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1999)

Arnold Gramm, Orchestra American Opera Society, Montserrat Caballé - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 68:20+71:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | GL 100.551 | Recorded: 1967

The performance given on 21 March 1967 at Carnegie Hall in New York stems from the now outmoded tradition of casting baritones and basses in the castrato roles, and uses a special concert arrangement. Not only are several cuts made to the score, but the order of the arias is changed and the recitatives are heavily truncated and provided with new English texts, and given not to one of the characters but to a 'narrator'.

Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Aida (2016) [BDRip]

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Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Aida (2016) [BDRip]

Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Aida (2016) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 147 min | 10,2 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Originally commissioned to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal and the opening of Cairo’s new opera house, Verdi’s Egyptian epic Aida is here seen in a spectacular new staging in the Teatro Regio Torino by the Oscar-winning American film director William Friedkin, creator of such famous movies as The Exorcist and The French Connection. The cast featuring the American soprano Kristin Lewis, who exhibits “a remarkable voice, which she uses with powerful dramatic instinct” (La Stampa), and the Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, whose Amneris “dominates the stage with her dark, rounded, irresistible voice and extraordinary stage presence” (La Gazzetta Musicale) is first-rate.

Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011) [Re-Up]

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Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - In The Penal Colony (2011)
Music Theatre Wales, conducted by Michael Rafferty

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:18:57
Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0078

Philip Glass' one act chamber opera In the Penal Colony was composed in 2000. The libretto is by Rudolph Wurlitzer and based on a story by Franz Kafka.