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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 68:12+60:54+45:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 00289 478 2675 | Recorded: 1987-89

Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann is among those operas with most textual problems, since the composer did not live to its premiere, leaving an incomplete score. The traditional text, bringing in extra material, much of it unauthentic, and leaving out alot, was only established in the 20th century. This Dresden recording sessions were held (June 1987-June 1989) borrowed much from Michael Kaye's 1991 Schott Edition.

John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus - Handel: Semele (1993)

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John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus - Handel: Semele (1993)

John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne - Handel: Semele (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 828 Mb | Total time: 62:08+45:19+67:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon ‎| 435 782-2 | Recorded: 1990

This magnificent performance is without a doubt among the top two or three Handel opera recordings in the catalog. John Nelson outdoes even the period instrument competition, conducting with a vitality and freshness that sweeps all before it. Kathleen Battle is a great Semele (if listening to this woman sing "Myself I Will Adore" isn't a classic example of typecasting, then what is?). But the real palm must go to Marilyn Horne as the jealous Juno, who simply stops the show with her two arias (she sings Ino as well). A very great recording.

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 780 Mb | Total time: 67:49+76:47+56:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical ‎| # S3K 58 977 | Recorded: 1993

Claudio Abbado uses Mussorgsky's text in a condition almost as complete as Mstislav Rostropovich's but avoiding some overlap from variant readings. He brings to his conducting the same vitality and scrupulous attention to small details that are familiar from his work in Italian opera. His cast is good throughout and particularly strong in the leading roles. This is a Boris to live with, one that gets better with repeated hearings.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 172 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

James Levine's conducting of this work is magnificent. You can just see the passion that he brings forth for this opera. He is paired with a very talented group of singers in the principal roles. Both Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras are doing a brilliant job with both their singing and acting. They both have a stage presence that very few can beat. Agnes Baltsa possesses a crystal clear voice, but she can also belt if that's what it takes to make the final outcome more believable. José Carreras' voice contains so much beauty; it's full of emotions, sensual and with that irresistible hint of honey. Like Baltsa he can also sacrifize beauty to enhance his performance.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This staging of Nabucco, the first since 1960 at the MET, featuring the Russian soprano Maria Guleghina was given in the centenary year of Verdi’s death. The production by MET regular Elijah Moshinsky and the sheer power of Verdi’s score drives this opera and brings the drama and its characters to life. James Levine leads the MET Orchestra and the cast is rounded out by two familiar Verdi specialists Juan Pons and Samuel Ramey.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)

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Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)

Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 864 Mb | Total time: 76:36+73:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto | # PO-1047 | Recorded: 1982

Mario Bernardi revived the Horne-Corsaro ''Rinaldo'' for the National Arts Center of Canada, and a new and much more elaborate production designed by Mark Negin had a great success at Festival Ottawa in the summer of 1982. ''Rinaldo'' is in essence Marilyn Horne's production. She sings the title role in a version that has been tailored specifically for her vocal powers, and she has obviously had a lot to say about the hows and the whos of this production.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.0 Gb | Total time: 08:36:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75535 2 | Recorded: 1983, 1987, 1991

Three of Mozart's most popular operas – Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, conducted by leading opera maestro Riccardo Muti in performances from Vienna and Salzburg, are here available in one set.

Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

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Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 572 Mb | Total time: 67:07+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 7435 | Recorded: 1984

This is one of those great Rossinian singing competitions in which everyone–and, in particular, the listeners–wins. Composed as a piece of occasional entertainment for the coronation of Charles X in Paris, Rossini borrowed liberally from his recent comic success Le Comte Ory and fashioned a musical necklace chock filled with one shiny bauble after another. Each character has a showpiece aria, from the highs of soprano Cecilia Gasdia as a melodramatic poetess all the way down to the basso realms of Samuel Ramey and Ruggero Raimondi. The ensembles are as delicious as the solos, and Claudio Abbado, in a very theatrical mood (this was recorded live) keeps everything going wittily and with great elan. The plot is practically nonexistent, but with singing like this, it's hard to complain. A real dazzler–and great fun.
–Robert Levine

Claude D'Anna, Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Leo Nucci, Shirley Verrett - Verdi: Macbeth (2007)

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Claude D'Anna, Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Leo Nucci, Shirley Verrett - Verdi: Macbeth (2007)

Claude D'Anna, Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Leo Nucci, Shirley Verrett - Verdi: Macbeth (2007)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 132 min+45 min (bonus) | 5.69+6.30 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 1997

Claude D'Anna's film of Verdi's Macbeth is a gloomy affair, stressing the descent into madness of the principal villains. It's acted by the singers of the Decca recording of the opera (with two substitutions of actors standing in for singers) and the lip-synching is generally unobtrusive. The musical performance is superb, conducted by Riccardo Chailly with admirable fire, and sung by some of the leading lights of the opera stages of the 1980s.

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

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Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro
Classical | DECCA 478 3703 | 2012 | TT: 168.06 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 658 Mb

Unlike the late arrival of Mozart's Turkish opera, "Figaro" was much more of a constant in Solti's long career. Apart from being his debut opera, and a work he conducted at Covent Garden in a new staging in 1963-64, he also led editions in Chicago (1957), and with the Paris Opera in the highly visible Giorgio Strehler production that opened Intendant Rolf Liebermann's bold-new-start regime in March 1973; it was initially presented at the Palace of Versailles and in 1976 toured to the US. Frederica von Stade, the most admired Cherubino of the day, who had sung the role for Solti at Versailles, also appears on his subsequent recording. Made in 1981 with an exceptional cast, it won a Grammy award, perhaps unsurprisingly given that its other major assets include Kiri Te Kanawa's creamy-voiced Countess, Lucia Popp's sprightly Susanna, Thomas Allen's authoritative Count and Samuel Ramey's weighty Figaro. Smaller roles - Jane Berbié's Marcellina, Robert Tear's Basilio and Philip Langridge's Curzio among them - are also handled with tremendous care.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo [2004/1994]

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo [2004/1994]

Verdi - Don Carlo (Riccardo Muti, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi) [2004/1994]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 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.