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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.

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

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Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1981, live from the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. This one of his Pavarotti's most famous roles and here he sings it in his prime joined by an all-star ensemble: Judith Blegen sings the role of Adina and the great comic baritone Sesto Bruscantini plays the wily Dr Dulcamara. Nicola Rescigno conducts. Kirk Browning's production is traditional and entertaining.

Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus 'Alessandro Scarlatti', Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)

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Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus 'Alessandro Scarlatti', Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)

Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus "Alessandro Scarlatti", Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 551 Mb | Total time: 118:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera D'oro | # OPD-1308 | Recorded: 1970

Alessandro Scarlatti was both the most celebrated vocal composer of his day, and one of the most prolific to ever live. In his lifetime (1660-1725) he composed nearly 700 cantatas and 66 operas. He was also far more famous then than his son Domenico, whose harpsichord sonatas today have all but completely eclipsed his father's works.

Giuseppe Patane, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)

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Giuseppe Patane, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)

Giuseppe Patanè, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 192 min | 5,68 Gb+7,16 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Hardy Classic | Sub: English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1978

Montserrat Caballé as Leonora is precisely what one would hope for. The voice is in near-pristine shape–the occasional attack on a loud high note early on can be vicious, but she sings with unusual commitment (not that the role has many nuances), glorious tone, and her entire arsenal of tricks: long-breathed phrases, diminuendos, high, floated pianissimo, grand chest voice. She even sings most of the words, rarely relying on “ah” sounds for high notes. The sound is huge and major-league and her comportment–acting is the wrong word–is regal. She sings the “Vergine degli angeli” with her back to the audience and the sound is as ethereal as you ever wanted it to be.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 768 Mb | Total time: 53:20+57:24+52:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45147-2 | Recorded: 1977

There are three absolutely amazing performances on this set, and not because the voices are more or less beautiful than usual: those of Victoria de los Angeles, Marilyn Horne, and Sesto Bruscantini. The first-named sings here with dramatic expression, cleanly executed coloratura runs, and trills, none of which she was known for through most of her career. By dramatic expression I do not mean the generalized drama of her Butterfly, but word-painting and attention to text, of getting inside the character. Her coloratura runs here are far more cleanly executed than on her famous recording of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. As for trills, yes, she attempted a couple of imperfect ones on her recordings, but none in her Jewel Song from Faust, neither the mono recording from 1952 nor the stereo remake of 1957, neither in Nedda’s 1953 “Ballatella” nor in Antonia’s music in the 1965 Contes d’Hoffman. But here, suddenly, Victoria is loaded with trills—she even sings an ascending scale of them in her first-act aria—and they are cleanly defined trills, not that half-hearted little shake that she made pass for a trill in her earlier days.

Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)

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Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)

Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 79:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archipel Records | # ARPCD 0362 | Recorded: 1956

Cimarosa’s opera, which reuses some items from the composer’s Il matrimonio in ballo of 1776, exists in two versions. The first – the holograph manuscript of which is preserved in the Conservatorio di Musica SW. Pietro a Majella, in Naples – was entitled Il credulo and consists of two acts – although the second contains only one scene and a chorus. The second version is in one act and is entitled Il credulo deluso. The manuscript of this version is in London, British Library Add MS. 16001. The one-act version omits a few items, particularly some in Neapolitan dialect.

Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)

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Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)

Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 514 Mb | Total time: 60:18+51:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera D'oro | # 1365 | Recorded: 1959

Le astuzie femminili (Feminine wiles) is an dramma giocoso in four acts by Domenico Cimarosa with an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Palomba (it). The opera buffa premiered at the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples, Italy, on 26 August 1794. The opera was subsequently performed in Barcelona in 1795, Lisbon in 1797, Vienna in 1799, Paris in 1802, and London in 1804, remaining popular during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Although not performed often today, the opera is still occasionally revived and a number of recordings have been made.

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".