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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.80 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub.: English

Jon Vickers one of the great Othellos of the 20th century brings his remarkable vocal power and dramatic intensity to the role, with Renata Scotto as Desdemona at the height of her powers and Cornell MacNeil's manacing Iago in one of the baritone's greatest roles. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in one of the most thrilling performances of the decade.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Bohème (2005/1977)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This was the very first “Live from the Met” telecast, and its availability on DVD will no doubt give rise to intense nostalgia, as it did for me. (How young everyone looked!) There’s an authentic sense of occasion to this performance. It’s one thing to play to a packed house, another to play to a nationwide television audience, and with so many eyes upon them, everyone involved in this Bohème rose to the occasion. It’s by no means a perfect evening—what performance ever is?—but it’s a treasurable one for anyone who cares about this opera, the Met, or the principal singers.

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

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Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 73:33+75:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | GL 100.545 | Recorded: 1961

There's little doubt that to have heard Sutherland in 1961 must have been really something. It was the year she found New York, and New York found her. This recording, along with the live recording of her early 1961 New York debut in Beatrice di Tenda are legendary moments. Both are concert performances, conducted by Nicola Rescigno.
This Sonnambula was in Carnegie Hall in December and just after her Met debut. The voice is astonishing. The 'Ah, non guinge' is sung with almost wild abandon, absolutely thrilling, and was described the next day by Harold Schonberg as "flawlessly performed pyrotechnics".

Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

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Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.55 Gb | Total time: 14:25:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bravissimo | # BRV 9910 | Recorded: 1966, 1967, 1970,1973

Renata Scotto (born 24 February 1934) is an Italian soprano and opera director.
Recognized for her sense of style, musicality and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered one of the preeminent singers of her generation, specializing in the bel canto repertoire with excursions into the verismo and Verdi repertoires.
Since retiring from the stage as a singer in 2002, she has turned successfully to directing opera as well as teaching in Italy and America, along with academic posts at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Juilliard School in New York.

José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

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José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.74 Gb | Total time: 14:58:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bravissimo | # BRV 9909 | Recorded: 1972, 1973,1975, 1976

Josep Maria Carreras i Coll born 5 December 1946, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.
Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles, performed in the world's leading opera houses and in numerous recordings. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation (La Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia), which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.

Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

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Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

Verdi: The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 20,9 Gb | Total time: 76:18:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 4789574 | Recorded: 1950-2013

Decca proudly presents the Complete Works by Giuseppe Verdi in a single 75 CD box set. From the ever-popular “Aida” to the obscure “Alzira,” all 28 of Giuseppe Verdi's operas are here as well as his Sacred Works, Arias, Songs, Ballet Music, the String quartet and other rarities.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, José Carreras - Puccini: La Bohème (2009)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 125 min | 7,64 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 1982

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Franco Zeffirelli's iconic staging of La Bohème as recorded liveat the Metropolitan Opera on January 16, 1982, available once again on DVD. This timeless production continues to thrill audiences almost every season since it was first introduced in 1981, and this performance captures the production at the very beginning with the original cast. Teresa Stratas, renowned for her acting abilities, captures the essence of Mimì–her fragility, her resolve, her passion. Stratas is partnered by José Carreras as Rodolfo, the poet and love of her dreams. The cast is rounded out with a lively Renata Scotto (who was filmed as Mimì in an earlier MET production, also available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon) and sonorous Richard Stilwell. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, culminating with over 200 people on stage for the conclusion of Act 2. This performance, well-known for its musical and visual qualities, is now available again.

Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

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Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)

Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Renata Scotto - Verdi: La Traviata (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 66:40+51:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 5665 | Recorded: 1963

Deutsche Grammophon's reissue of its 1963 recording of La Traviata should be an essential part of the library of anyone who loves the opera because Renata Scotto's Violetta is so beautifully sung and dramatically realized. Scotto was at the beginning of her career, not yet 30, when she made this recording, three years before her acclaimed Madama Butterfly with John Barbirolli. Her voice is wonderfully fresh, with a youthful bloom that makes Violetta's plight especially poignant. She is in complete control; her tone is pure, full, and sweet; and her coloratura is agile, but it's her exceptional ability to act with her voice that makes her Violetta so memorable. This was the role in which she had made her debut when she was 18, and she inhabits it fully. She's entirely believable and inexorably draws the listener into the tragedy that Violetta's life becomes. It's a portrayal so vivid that not all of the rest of the cast can avoid being dwarfed by it.

Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, D.Fischer-Dieskau, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)

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Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, D.Fischer-Dieskau, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)

Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 578 Mb | Total time: 58:16+64:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 437 704-2 | Recorded: 1964

Renata Scotto shows an amazing flexibility and control. Her Caro nome is one to be heard many times. She reaches a high D and decrescendo's to an incredible ppp. I felt the aria drug a little in tempo, but the gorgeous sound more than made up for it. As Rigoletto, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has the vocal power demanded by the score. Too often he sounded as if he was delivering a recital of Leider. A smooth velvet sound was his mark throughout. In his duets with Gilda, this payed off handsomely. Even in his dealings with the courtiers after Gilda's abduction he showed us a rarely seen Dietrich blustery side.

Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)

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Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)

Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4.35 Gb (DVD5) | 129 min
Classical | VAI | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Japanese

In this live 1973 performance from Japan, Scotto is parthnered by one of the great tenors of our time, José Carreras, then at the start of his international career. The distinguished baritone Sesto Bruscantini is a formidable Germont who sings an exceptionally moving rendition of the famous aria "Di Provenza il mar".