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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolo Piccinni: Didon (2003)

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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolo Piccinni: Didon (2003)

Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolò Piccinni: Didon (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 70:49+55:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 406/1-2 | Recorded: 2001

This fine work, in the perfect Classical tradition, is from late in Piccinni’s French period. It was composed in 1783 and was performed in Paris regularly until 1836 and throughout the rest of Europe until about 1830. Piccinni keeps the plot moving at a fine clip, running one number into the next without a glitch and (especially in the third act) effectively using the chorus to add to the excitement. His writing for the solo voices is stirring in a Gluckian way, but elements of his Italian roots show up in the vocal line and melodic inspiration as well.

Franco Trinca, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve - Niccolo Piccinni: Le finte gemelle (2002)

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Franco Trinca, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve - Niccolo Piccinni: Le finte gemelle (2002)

Franco Trinca, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve - Niccolò Piccinni: Le finte gemelle (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 575 Mb | Total time: 66:06+56:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 378/1-2 | Recorded: 1999

Le finte gemelle was first staged in 1771. Success was immediate and other performances followed both in Italy and abroad. With Le finte gemelle Piccinni returned to a genre he had already tried ten years previously with La Cecchina ossia La buona figliola (1760), on a text by Goldoni. A sweeping success, that masterpiece had made him famous in all theatres well before he found himself at the centre of the well-known dispute between Gluck and Piccinni supporters, which would explode in Paris in 1778, after the performance of his Roland. The present live recording, in co-production with the Opéra de Chambre de Genève, features a young and qualified cast who masterfully render the spirit of this score by Piccini.

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 Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 42,2 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 | 156 min | 11,0 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

What makes this production so rewarding are the utterly compelling performances of the Macbeths, Shakepearian in intensity…[Nucci's] Macbeth is a deeply thoughtful portrayal…Valayre is up there with the finest Lady Macbeths.(International Record Review)Nucci’s Macbeth is often described as veteran, which rather dismisses his musical and dramatic insight and his sense of Verdian line…Bartoletti is authoritative in the pit. Liliana Cavani’s production is strong, her stage-on-the-stage set magnifying and scrutinising the Macbeths’ moral descent. (Opera Now)

Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)

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Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)

Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 76:52+74:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 503/1-2 | Recorded: 2006

Composed in 1783, Thrice Betrothed, Never Wed was the young Cherubini’s fifth opera and his first opera buffa. While it echoes its era—Paisiello, Cimarosa, Haydn, and early Mozart—it displays an almost Rossinian rhythmic bite and a few harmonic touches that look forward to the dramatic masterpieces of Cherubini’s Paris years (Lodoiska, Medée, Les deux journées, Anacréon, the C-Minor Requiem). Despite decades-long exploration of Cherubini, I have never encountered the opera before; this claims to be its first recording. The plot is filled with the expected inanities: disguises, mistaken identities, and Commedia dell’arte shenanigans.

Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 39,7 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 | 136 min | 9,61 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

Parma’s Boccanegra is Leo Nucci…The handsome voice, which once seemed on the light side for Verdi’s heavier, darker title roles, now has the apposite color and weight, and it remains surprisingly firm and focused…he’s honest, commanding and deeply moving. Honest commitment distinguishes his colleagues, too. Tamar Iveri…[has] a lovely, full lyric voice with a welcome authority at bottom, steered by fine musicianship…and a lively, sympathetic temperament and presence. Francesco Meli…sings handsomely and looks properly romantic…Roberto Scandiuzzi…makes a fine, idiomatic Fiesco; and Simone Piazzola…gives promise of a major-league Boccanegra to come. Daniele Callegari, in Parma’s pit, lets the score unfold naturally and compellingly. (Opera News)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 133:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP015 | Recorded: 2010

The musical world owes a debt of gratitude to French conductor Christophe Rousset not only for the vital, exquisite performances he delivers with the ensembles Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, but for his work in bringing to light neglected masterpieces of Baroque opera. Lully's Bellérophon, premiered in 1679, was a huge success in its time, with an initial run of nine months. Part of its popularity was doubtless due to the parallels that could be drawn between its plot and certain recent exploits of Louis XV, but even the earliest critics recognized the score's uniqueness and exceptional quality within Lully's oeuvre, so it's perhaps surprising that it has never been recorded before.

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.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 132:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroisie | AM 127 | Recorded: 2006

Another French baroque opera composer, Henry Desmarest, resurfaces after centuries of obscurity. Vénus & Adonis, first seen in 1697 in Paris, was composed in the midst of a scandal, when Desmarest eloped with a young singer who was the daughter of a powerful official. In his absence, he was sentenced to death and thus effectively exiled until his pardon in 1720. The opera’s theme of illicit love seems to have fired Desmarest’s imagination, and the stylish cast, headed by Karine Deshayes and Sébastien Droy, responds in kind. One senses, too, rare involvement in the playing of Les Talens Lyriques. More Desmarest operas await.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet) (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 752 Mb | Total time: 67:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 7080 | Recorded: 2020

Thanks to this tenth recording by Accademia Bizantina in the central core of the Vivaldi Edition, Il Tamerlano can now take its justly earned place in the Vivaldi catalogue, helping to renew the name and reputation of Timur, the Tartar emperor whose memory was later overshadowed by the Ottoman sultan. Vivaldi's opera was first performed during the Venice Carnival of 1735, and resurrected in 2005 under the title Bajazet. Here, under the musical direction of Ottavio Dantone, we have a sextet of dramatically engaged virtuoso soloists, and an orchestra that is perfectly aware of Vivaldi's musical dialectic. All the soloists are superbly well equipped to deal with the Red Priest's acrobatic and inventive writing here seen in the context of several of his contemporaries.

Juan Bautista Otero, La Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara - Terradellas: Sesostri (2011)

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Juan Bautista Otero, La Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara - Terradellas: Sesostri (2011)

Juan Bautista Otero, La Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara - Domènec Terradellas: Sesostri (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.19 Gb | Total time: 64:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCOC Records ‎| 1102.3 | Recorded: 2010

In spite of doom-laden predictions a few years ago that the age of recorded opera was dead, fascinating new discs are being produced, often of obscure rarities – and it would be hard to be more obscure than the operas of Domènec Terradellas, who worked for a while at the King's theatre in London in the mid-1740s but whose music has completely disappeared from view. On the evidence of this lavish and dramatic opera seria for Rome and Barcelona, he was alive to the most modern trends in virtuosic vocal writing without ever quite achieving depth of feeling. Juan Bautista Otero's committed revival with his sparkling Barcelona orchestra includes some dazzling singing, with the honours shared between Alexandrina Pendatchanska's correctvicious Nitocri and Sunhae Im in the title role.

Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)

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Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)

Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 69:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 0757 | Recorded: 2009

Chandos’ featured release is a new recording of the first English operatic masterpiece, Purcell’s tragedy Dido and Aeneas. Starring Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, with the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, it is released to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth.

Ulf Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Benjamin Godard: Dante (2017)

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Ulf Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Benjamin Godard: Dante (2017)

Ulf Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Benjamin Godard: Dante (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 618 Mb | Total time: 65:52+75:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | ES10298RSK | Recorded: 2016

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence in 1265, was at once a poet and an important political figure of his time. His celebrated Divine Comedy relates his supposed descent to Hell and slow ascent to Paradise. Godard’s operatic treatment of his life (1890) skilfully juxtaposes the political milieu – crowd scenes in Florence and the quarrel between Guelfs and Ghibellines – with the expression of the courtly love he feels for Beatrice, betrothed to his friend Bardi.

Ivor Bolton, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Gluck: Alceste (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Gluck: Alceste (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Gluck: Alceste (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 15000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 147 min | 21,1 Gb
Audio: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 147 min | 8,84 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: Spanish, French, German, English

The 300th anniversary of Christoph Willibald Glucks birth in 2014 was celebrated at the Teatro Real in Madrid with a new production of Alceste (French version), staged by Krysztof Warlikowski and starring Angela Denoke as Alceste. Alceste is Glucks most programmatic example of his quest for purer expression and deeper meaning. All its elements show a conscious effort to recreate the tragic origins of opera: its staunch dramatic unity, austere musical form, use of the chorus as a fundamental part of the story and, above all, its anachronistic but devoted adaptation of Euripides' tragedy.

John DeMain, San Francisco Opera - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (2014/2009) [Blu-Ray]

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John DeMain, San Francisco Opera - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (2014/2009) [Blu-Ray]

John DeMain, San Francisco Opera - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (2014/2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21981 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 158 min | 42,9 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 5647 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 158 min | 8,52 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

George Gershwin miraculously melded classical idioms, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece about a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both. Eric Owens (Porgy) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess) lead an amazing cast, pulling the audience into the intricate world of Catfish Row. Recorded live in 2009 at the War Memorial Opera House, conductor John DeMain, whose 1976 recording of Porgy and Bess won a Grammy, leads the triumphant cast.