Essential Opera - 2CDs


 

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Decca 2006 compilation of favourite operatic highlights. NB now out of print - last physical copy.

Bizet - Overture (Prelude) [Carmen] - London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti

Recorded 13/7/1975, Henry Wood Hall, London

Puccini - Vissi d'arte [Tosca: Act 2] – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded May 1984, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

Verdi – Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus) [Il Trovatore: Act 2] - Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded 7/11/1989, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Puccini – Che gelida manina [La Bohème: Act 1] - Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) & Mirella Freni (soprano) with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Recorded 13/10/1972, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Mozart - Voi che sapete [Le Nozze di Figaro K492: Act 2] – Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded June 1981, Kingsway Hall, London

Verdi - Bella figlia dell'amore(Quartet)[Rigoletto: Act 3] - Sherrill Milnes (baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) & Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo-soprano) with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded 28/6/1971, Kingsway Hall, London

Verdi – Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)[ Nabucco: Act 3] - Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded 7/11/1989, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Bizet – La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song) [Carmen: Act 2] – Plácido Domingo (tenor) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded July 1975, Henry Wood Hall, London

Catalani – Ebben? Ne andrò lontana [La Wally: Act 1] - Renata Tebaldi (soprano) with L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Fausto Cleva. Recorded 26/6/1968, Salle Alcazar, Monte Carlo

Rossini - Largo al factotum [Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1] - Leo Nucci (baritone) with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Giuseppe Patanè. Recorded June 1988, Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Verdi - Gloria all'Egitto (Grand March) [Aida: Act 2] – company of Teatro alla Scala conducted by Lorin Maazel. Recorded Feb. 1986, Abanella Studio, Milan

Puccini – Oh! mio babbino caro [Gianni Schicchi] - Renata Tebaldi (soprano) with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Lamberto Gardelli. Recorded July 1962, Teatro Della Pergola, Florence

Puccini – Nessun Dorma! [Turandot: Act 3] - Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir & Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir conducted by Zubin Mehta. Recorded 25/8/1972, Kingsway Hall, London

Offenbach – Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)[Les Contes d'Hoffmann] - Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) & Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo-soprano) with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Suisse Romande Chorus & Chorus Pro Arte Lausanne Du Brassus conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded June 1972, Victoria Hall, Geneva

Puccini – Un bel dì vedremo [Madama Butterfly: Act 2] - Mirella Freni (soprano) with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Recorded 31/1/1974, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Mozart - Fin ch'han dal vino (Champagne Aria) [Don Giovanni : Act 1] - Bernd Weikl (baritone) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded Nov. 1978, Kingsway Hall, London

Puccini – Donna non vidi mai [Manon Lescaut: Act 1] - José Carreras (tenor) with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Recorded 3/6/1987, Chiesa Di San Giorgio Poppiale, Bologna

Mascagni – Intermezzo [Cavalleria Rusticana] - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Recorded 16/6/1976, Kingsway Hall, London

Puccini – Non piangere Liù [Turandot: Act 1] - Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Piero de Palma (tenor), Pier Francesco Poli (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Montserrat Caballé (soprano) & Tom Krause (baritone) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & John Alldis Choir conducted by Zubin Mehta. Recorded 25/8/1972, Kingsway Hall, London

Wagner – The Ride of the Valkyries [Die Walküre WWV 86B - Concert version: 3rd Act] - Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded 15/10/1982, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Bizet - L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) [Carmen: Act 1] – Tatiana Troyanos (mezzo-soprano)with the John Alldis Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded 13/7/1975, Henry Wood Hall, London

Mozart - Non più andrai [Le Nozze di Figaro K492: Act 2] – Samuel Ramey (bass) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded June 1981, Kingsway Hall, London

Puccini - Humming Chorus [Madama Butterfly: Act 2] - Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsoper Chorus conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Recorded 31/1/1974, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Verdi - Un dì felice, eterea [La Traviata: Act 1] - Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) & Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded 10/11/1979, Kingsway Hall, London

Puccini - Signore, ascolta [Turandot: Act 1] - Montserrat Caballé (soprano) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Recorded 25/8/1972, Kingsway Hall, London

Mozart – Soave sia il vento [Così fan tutte K588: Act 1] – Lucia Popp (soprano), Tom Krause (baritone) & Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo) with the Wiener Haydn-Orchester conducted by Istvan Kertesz. Recorded 6/10/1971, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Leoncavallo - Recitar!...Vesti la giubba [Pagliacci] – Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Patanè. Recorded 3/4/1977, Kingsway Hall, London

Rossini - Una voce poco fa [Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1] - Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Giuseppe Patanè. Recorded June 1988, Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Bizet - C'est toi...Au fond du temple saint (Pearl Fishers’ Duet) [Les Pêcheurs de Perles WD 13: Act 1] – Gregory Cross (tenor) & Gino Quilico (baritone) with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recorded Oct. 1992, L'Eglise de St. Eustache, Montreal

Mozart – Là ci darem la mano [Don Giovanni K527: Act 1] – Lucia Popp (soprano) & Tom Krause (baritone) with the Wiener Haydn-Orchester conducted by Istvan Kertesz. Recorded 6/10/ 1971, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Cilea - E la solita storia (Lamento di Federico) [L'Arlesiana: Act 2] – José Carreras (tenor) with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Teatro dell'Opera, Roma conducted by Zubin Mehta. Recorded 7/7/1990, Terme di Caracalla, Rome

Delibes - Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet) [Lakmé: Act 1] – Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) & Jane Berbié (mezzo-soprano) with L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded Oct. 1967

Verdi – La donna è mobile [Rigoletto: Act 3] – Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded 28/6/ 1971, Kingsway Hall, London

Mozart - Dove sono [Le Nozze di Figaro K492: Act 2] – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded June 1981, Kingsway Hall, London

Puccini – E lucevan le stelle [Tosca: Act 3] – Plácido Domingo (tenor) with Teatro dell'Opera, Roma & Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta. Recorded 7/7/1990, Terme di Caracalla, Rome

Puccini - Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì & O soave fanciulla [La Bohème: Act 1] - Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) & Mirella Freni (soprano) with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Recorded 13/10/1972, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Mozart - Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja [Die Zauberflöte: Act 1] – Michael Kraus (baritone)with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Recorded Dec. 1990, Grossersaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna

Gounod – Déposons les armes (Soldiers' Chorus) [Faust: Act 4] - Ambrosian Singers & London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Recorded 9/7/1966, Kingsway Hall, London