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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb+5.46 Gb (2xDVD9) | 182 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts. The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.

Krystian Adam, Robert Gierlach, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra & Łukasz Borowicz - Cherubini: Faniska (2021)

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Krystian Adam, Robert Gierlach, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra & Łukasz Borowicz - Cherubini: Faniska (2021)

Krystian Adam, Robert Gierlach, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra & Łukasz Borowicz - Cherubini: Faniska (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 482 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 266 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:54:26
Classical, Opera | Label: DUX Records

Faniska is an opéra comique in three acts by Luigi Cherubini. The German libretto, by Joseph Sonnleithner, is based on the melodrama Les mines de Pologne (1803) by René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt.

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Will Crutchfield, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 41,5 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 172 min | 7,89 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

The Biblical story of Belshazzar’s hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young American stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy.

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2016) [BDRip]

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2016) [BDRip]

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2016) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 161 min | 8,74 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese, Korean

As comparably short operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening. At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival Jonas Kaufmann did just that – to rapturous praise. Universally hailed as a coup for Kaufmann, plaudits were also showered on Philipp Stölzl for his innovative compartmentalized staging which included live video projections while referencing the era of black-and-white movies.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 140:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7514 | Recorded: 1970

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera The Elixir of Love receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant.

John Pritchard, Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi - Verdi: La Traviata (1998)

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John Pritchard, Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi - Verdi: La Traviata (1998)

John Pritchard, Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi - Verdi: La Traviata (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 632 Mb | Total time: 61:06+71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 440-2 | Recorded: 1962

Joan Sutherland who, three years earlier had wowed the world with her Lucia, easily accomplishes the act 1 coloratura… She does manage to inflect emotion into Violetta’s solos in act 3 with a particularly poignant rendering of the letter scene. Bergonzi’s Alfredo in this recording is one of his best assumptions on record. His voice is at its lightest with near perfect legato and with phrasing that other tenors can only aspire to.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Antonio Salieri: Armida (2021)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Antonio Salieri: Armida (2021)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Antonio Salieri: Armida (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 608 Mb | Total time: 53:43+71:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP 244 | Recorded: 2020

A keen advocate of the works of Antonio Salieri, Christophe Rousset continues his exploration of the composer's works, having unearthed the manuscript of another masterpiece. The three-act opera Armida, first performed on June 2, 1771 in Vienna, presents a perfect synthesis of the Italian and French styles. Salieri was just twenty when he turned to the difficult opera seria genre. He chose to tackle a well-known subject: that of the love affair between the Christian Crusader Rinaldo and the Saracen sorceress Armida, borrowed from Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata. A very dense plot focuses on an intense drama involving just four characters. The fluidity, originality and brio of his compositional style were to ensure Salieri's lasting reputation throughout Europe.

Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)

Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.58 Gb (DVD9) | 104 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

"Ascanio in Alba" K. 111 came about through the good offices of Count Firmian, who had shared the Milan audience's enthusiasm for "Mitridate" and exerted his influence on the Empress in Vienna. He suggested entrusting the young Mozart with the composition of a festa teatrale for the wedding of the Empress's son, Archduke Ferdinand, and Maria Beatrice d'Este of Modena. Mozart began working on the score in late August 1771.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 62:17+30:43+69:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 413-2 | Recorded: 1964

I believe this is the only note-complete performance of this opera, and furthermore, the only one that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control.

Marc Soustrot, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Kölner Rundfunkchor - Beethoven: Leonore (version 1806) (1998)

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Marc Soustrot, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Kölner Rundfunkchor - Beethoven: Leonore (version 1806) (1998)

Marc Soustrot, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Kölner Rundfunkchor - Beethoven: Leonore (version 1806) (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 552 Mb | Total time: 75:07+70:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 337 0826-2 | Recorded: 1997

This extraordinary CD features an interesting chapter in music history that has given rise to many a speculation: Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, Leonore, in the world-premiere recording of the version of 1806.

Leonard Slatkin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2005/1992)

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Leonard Slatkin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2005/1992)

Leonard Slatkin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2005/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.62 Gb (DVD9) | 139 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This attractive and lively production of Puccini's Wild West opera makes the best imaginable case for it, especially the exuberant Barbara Daniels in the title role; while Domingo is at his peak, in 1992, as the nice bandit Dick Johnson. (BBC Music Magazine)

Tamás Pál, Salieri Chamber Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Pittor Parigino (2002)

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Tamás Pál, Salieri Chamber Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Pittor Parigino (2002)

Tamás Pál, Salieri Chamber Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Pittor Parigino (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 72:18+73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD12972-73 | Recorded: 1988

There are preciously no other recording of Cimarosa's 1781 premiered work Il Pittor Parigiano, so this 1986 Hungarotun recording is about the only performance put down in discography. A recording of the complete score, it is done exceedingly handsomely, with Tamas Pal and the Salieri Chamber Orchestra once again proving that one does not need to be playing period instruments to produce a winning performance. The work is among the finest of operas written by Cimarosa, written for two sopranos, two tenors and one bass.

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1988)

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Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1988)

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2005/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.22 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Mozart's comic opera tells the story of Belmonte, a Spanish Nobleman, who arrives at a Turkish palace in search of his beloved Konstanze who has become part of Pasha Selim's harem. Together Belmonte and Konstanze plan her escape. Filmed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1988, Georg Solti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House. Deon van der Walt and Inga Nielsen star. “Solti's effervescence and warmth inspire a splendid cast, especially Nielsen's unusually desperate, passionate Constanze and antagonists Moll and Watson. Richly comic and brilliant sung.” - BBC Music Magazine

Alessandro De Marchi. Academia Montis Regalis - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2016)

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Alessandro De Marchi. Academia Montis Regalis - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2016)

Alessandro De Marchi. Academia Montis Regalis - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 751 Mb | Total time: 142:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 870-2 | Recorded: 2013

During the early nineteenth century the new 1804 Viennese version of La Clemenza di Tito, was Mozart's most popular opera in Europe. However, in keeping with the practice during that period, it was performed in versions adapted to the times and the taste of the opera public and this is precisely the starting point for our recording's conductor Alessandro De Marchi. He would like to present Tito in the form in which it was staged and acclaimed in great houses from the Vienna Court Opera to the Milan Scala and from Dresden and Hamburg to Paris during the early years of the nineteenth century. Our recording is based on the acclaimed production at the Innsbruck Festival Weeks 2013 with the Academia Montis Regalis performing on historical instruments.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia [2005/1972]

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia [2005/1972]

Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia (Claudio Abbado, Herman Prey, Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva) [2005/1972]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.80 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Claudio Abbado’s youthful Beatle­cut marks the age of this film‚ still one of the better screen Barbieres if not absolutely the best. Jean­Pierre Ponnelle based it on his Scala stagings‚ but filmed it‚ as he always preferred‚ in studio and in lip­sync – more successfully than most. As a result‚ it looks and sounds very much fresher on DVD than contemp­orary videotapes.