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Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

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Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

Roberto Abbado, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 62:30+69:04+39:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697856522 | Recorded: 1997

Make no mistake, this is not William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This version, by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani, has often been dismissed for its story line, which is very different from the familiar tale of the star-crossed lovers. Actually, as noted by musicologist-bel canto answer man Philip Gossett in his liner notes, Bellini and Romani hadn't read Shakespeare when they composed the opera. They had, however, read the sources on which Shakespeare based his play, but while both they and the Bard departed from the original, they departed in different directions. No matter: the opera has some gorgeous music, and it's given some gorgeous performances here by some very fine singers.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 581 Mb | Total time: 141:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 458 924-2 | Recorded: 1997

Cecilia Bartoli remains one of the world's finest Rossini singers and she proves it again with Il Turco in Italia, her 1st complete Rossini recording since 1993. The performance was recorded in Milan, with the power of the La Scala Orchestra & Chorus and the best Rossini an cast possible, led - of course - by Cecilia Bartoli's coloratura, more brilliant than ever.

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2000 [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2000 [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2000 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29918 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 85 min | 23,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3927 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 85 min | 5,57 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

During Claudio Abbado’s time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the great symphonic repertoire naturally formed the core of his artistic work, and it was almost forgotten just what an important role the music theatre of his Italian homeland played in his life – after all, he had led La Scala in Milan from 1968 to 1986. Just how special the works of Verdi were to him could be heard in the New Year’s Eve Concert from 2000 which, with famous scenes and arias, rang in the Verdi year 2001 when the music world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

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Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 134 min | 7,17 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese | Recorded: 2007

Realistics Revelations of intimate Inner Psychology La Traviata represents a milestone in musical history, marking a move from Romantic opera towards a greater degree of realism. For the first time ever, contemporary material and figures had been chosen as the basis for an opera. A real prostitute, tuberculosis, a so-called man of honour whose provincial morality collides with the more flexible and superficial world of the French capital, money, bourgeois righteousness versus high-society superficiality and decadence – themes such as these have become well established on the operatic stage since then.

Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Don Carlo (2015) [BDRip]

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Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Don Carlo (2015) [BDRip]

Gianandrea Noseda, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino - Verdi: Don Carlo (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 184 min | 9,93 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Teatro Regio’s 2013 revival of their highly successful 2006 production of Verdi’s Don Carlo celebrates the 40th anniversary of the theatre’s reopening in 1973. With traditional staging and lavish costume design, the production garnered high acclaim in the national and international press, with GB Opera commending the ‘sumptuous’ setting and French online music magazine ResMusica praising director Hugo de Ana’s decision to revive the show ‘in all its splendour’. Shown here in the four-act version, Don Carlo is the fascinating tale of father-son power struggles, adultery and love that borders on incest. The cast – under the powerful baton of Gianandrea Noseda – is headed by renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas, and also features Ludovic Tézier, who has been hailed as ‘one of the best Verdian singers of our time’ (ResMusica).

Valery Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Valery Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25992 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3833 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 156 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This is a star-led performance of one of the most popular romantic operas with the unrivalled pairing of Fleming and Hvorostovsky as the doomed lovers. Their onstage chemistry, emotional singing and outstanding acting make this a truly special and unique production. Thousands of movie-goers watched this production live in cinemas across Europe and the US in February 2007, when the production and the singing of the central characters met with great critical acclaim. Valery Gergiev, Russia's greatest living conductor, leads Russia's classic opera, with a thrilling account of Tchaikovsky's most intense and passionate score.

Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Puccini: La Boheme (2008)

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Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Puccini: La Boheme (2008)

Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas - Puccini: La Bohème (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.72 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Angela Gheorghiu leads a magnificent cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of Puccini’s La Bohème – filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition. This grand, sumptuous production of Puccini’s timeless masterpiece is brought to you on DVD by EMI Classics, continuing its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and its hugely successful Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series.

Marcello Viotti, Munchner Rundfunkorchester - Donizetti: La Favorite (2000)

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Marcello Viotti, Munchner Rundfunkorchester - Donizetti: La Favorite (2000)

Marcello Viotti, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Donizetti: La Favorite (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 77:41+72:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BMG Classics | # 74321 66229 2 | Recorded: 1999

Album notes The exact spelling of the title is crucial here, for this is the original French version of 'La Favorite' written for the Theatre l'Opera in Paris, not the frequently performed but badly censored and edited Italian version, 'La Favorita.' In the tradition of French grand opera, the subject is historical, involving a love triangle in the court of King Alphonse XI in 14th-century Seville. And though it is not regarded to be among the greatest of Gaetano Donizetti's works, it is still his work, and as such, brimming with melody and opportunities for beautiful singing. This live performance features the ravishing voice of Bulgarian mezzo Vesselina Kasarova as Léonor de Guzman, the favorite of the title, and the alert direction of Marcello Viotti, whose Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra is recorded with great clarity and presence, beautifully balanced with the singers in a natural, atmospheric soundstage.

Will Humburg, Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Budapest - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1992)

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Will Humburg, Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Budapest - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1992)

Will Humburg, Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Budapest - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 620 Mb | Total time: 157:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.66027-29 | Recorded: 1992

Not everyone will approve, but there are ways in which this super-budget set of Il barbiere diSiviglia puts to shame just about every other version of the opera there has been. Those it may not please are specialist vocal collectors for whom Il barbiere is primarily a repository of vocal test pieces. If, however, you regard Il barbiere (Rossini, ex-Beaumarchais) as a gloriously subversive music drama – vibrant, scurrilous, vital – then this recording is guaranteed to give a great deal of pleasure.

Ivor Bolton, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton,  Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23966 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 151 min | 39.6 Gb
Audio1: Italian LPCM 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: Italian DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1837 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 151 min | 8,17 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean

Giovanni Simone Mayr‘s „Medea in Corinto“ is „the most absolutely amazing opera discovery in decades“ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). A triumph for the Bavarian State Opera, the work was staged with a roster of top vocalists headed by Nadja Michael and Ramon Vargas in a production crafted by one of the leading directors of our time, Hans Neuenfels, and with a musical director in demand all over the world, Ivor Bolton. Born near Ingolstadt, Germany, in 1763, Mayr moved to Italy around 1787 and became one of the most important composers of Italian opera between Mozart and Rossini. He also taught many reputable composers, such as Donizetti. Written at the dawn of romanticism and the bel canto era, his main works unite stylistic characteristics of Viennese classicism with Italian melodic exuberance. „Medea in Corinto“ was premiered in Naples in 1813.

Lorin Maazel, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Verdi: La Traviata (2010) [Blu-Ray]

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Lorin Maazel, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Verdi: La Traviata (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Lorin Maazel, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas - Verdi: La Traviata (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 12477 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 133 min | 29,3 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5507 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 133 min | 7,27 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Art Haus | Sub: Italiano, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Japanese

Praised by Bloomberg for having “mastered the role” and “acting her socks off,” Angela Gheorghiu leads an all-star cast which includes Ramón Vargas and Roberto Frontali, with the brilliant conductor Lorin Maazel on the podium. Angela Gheorghiu is the definitive Violetta of her generation, the standard-setter against whom all other exponents of this role must be judged for the foreseeable future. Her affinity for Verdi‘s fragile, gentle-hearted courtesan is rooted in a fine balance of acting and singing skills. Giuseppe Verdi´s immortal opera in a sumptuous production by Liliana Cavani, with world famous singers – a treat for viewers everywhere!

Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34999 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 175 min | 64,6 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: PCM / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 175 min | 16,1 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Don Giovanni is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart's music, and the words of his great collaborator Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello's engrossing production from 2002 with its rich and colourful designs by Maria Bjornson. The music is memorable, dramatic and enjoyable: from the seductive solo voices of the famous 'La ci darem la mano' to the fabulous ensemble as Don Giovanni's infatuated conquests, vengeful victims and their outraged relatives join forces for justice. And retribution does finally come to Don Giovanni, a serial womanizer and a murderer, with the searing flames of Hell ready to engulf him. Simon Keenlyside heads the outstanding cast, conducted by renowned Mozart expert Charles Mackerras.