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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Donizetti: La zingara (2002)

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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Donizetti: La zingara (2002)

Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Donizetti: La zingara (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 588 Mb | Total time: 76:04+48:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 396/1-2 | Recorded: 2001

Despite its moronic libretto, the opera was an enormous success at its premiere in Naples in 1822, and even Bellini wrote nice things about the second-act septet. Donizetti mixes buffo and serious characters, as well as Neapolitan dialect (there are no recitatives; numbers are separated by spoken dialogue) with “pure” Italian, and the absurd plot is (sort of) held together by the clever Argilla, who under the guise of telling fortunes gains entry to people’s feelings as well as to every area of the castle. Is it a masterpiece? Even close? No, but there are niceties galore–rhythmic arias and ensembles, good (if typical) characterizations, and good tunes.

Adam Fischer, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Opernhaus Zurich, Cecilia Bartoli - Halévy: Clari (2010)

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Adam Fischer, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Opernhaus Zurich, Cecilia Bartoli - Halévy: Clari (2010)

Adam Fischer, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Opernhaus Zurich, Cecilia Bartoli - Halévy: Clari (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 158 min | 4,14+5,18 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2008

Cecilia Bartoli recreates the 1828 triumph of the legendary Maria Malibran - original star and dedicatee of Halévy's "tragi-comedy", Clari. Tracing the love of a callow country-girl for a duplicitous Duke, this hugely entertaining and first-ever modern production of Clari proved the overwhelming hit of the Zurich Opera season. Zurich Opera's own period-instrument orchestra, La Scintilla, under Adam Fischer, contribute a thoroughly researched, stylistically and historically well-informed accompaniment, yet without neglecting the liveliness and spirit of Italian opera.

Reynald Giovaninetti, Orhcestra and Chorus of Verona Arena - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2005/1985)

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Reynald Giovaninetti, Orhcestra and Chorus of Verona Arena - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2005/1985)

Reynald Giovaninetti, Orhcestra and Chorus of Verona Arena - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2005/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 6.67 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

The imposing grandeur of the Arena di Verona is the setting for Il Trovatore, one of Verdi's greatest masterpieces, with stage designs by the distinguished sculptor Mario Ceroli. For many years Il Trovatore has been an opera of worldwide popularity and the cast in this production is worthy of the opera's perennial success. It features the talents of the British soprano Rosalind Plowright in her Verona debut, a wealth of vocal experience from Fiorenza Cossotto as Azucena, matched with Giorgio Zancanaro's strong portrayal of the Count and Franco Bonisolli in fine voice as Manrico, the troubadour.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 244 min | 7,66+7,27 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 2003

"Described as an Opera-Ballet in four Acts, Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's biggest stage success in his own lifetime, and one can understand why from this spectacular production, staged at the Paris Opéra in 2004. The director, Andrei Serban, presents the piece with the sort of lavish effects and movement that would have delighted 18th-century audiences…Outstanding among the soloists are Nathan Berg as Huascar…Anna Maria Panzarella as Emilie and Paul Agnew as Valere, with Joao Fernandez memorably in drag as Bellone. The final curtain brings an exuberant encore after the credits, with Christie hilariously joining in the dance.
– The Penguin Guide

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]

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Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.40 Gb (DVD9) | 151 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Ponnelle's film of his La Scala staging is so imaginative and musically refined that it triumphs over the dubbing. Von Stade is an achingly beautiful Cinderella, Araiza a romantic Prince.” BBC Music Magazine

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Handel: Alceste, Comus (1990)

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The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Handel: Alceste, Comus (1990)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Handel: Alceste, Comus (1990)
EAC FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:57 | 411 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | Catalog: 421 479-2

According to Christopher Hogwood, in his marvelous biography of Handel, "In the winter of that year [1750], Handel received what was for him an unusual commission. Although closely associated with the London theatre, he wrote very little incidental music for plays. A request from John Rich to provide airs and dances for Smollett's 'Alceste' was undertaken, according to Hawkins, in repayment of a debt to Rich."

Les Nouveaux Caractères, Sébastien d'Hérin - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2015)

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Les Nouveaux Caractères, Sébastien d'Hérin - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2015)

Les Nouveaux Caractères, Sébastien d'Hérin - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2015)
EAC FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:39:06 | 943 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: ALPHA | Catalog: ALPHA 960

Jean-Marie Leclair, a pure product of the 18th century, was at the crossroads of styles, cultivating a virtuosic art combining melodies à la française and Italian virtuosity stemming from Corelli and Vivaldi. He was 49 when he undertook his first (and only) lyric tragedy: Scylla et Glaucus. In the greatest French tradition, this work combines sumptuous numbers of sentimental outpourings with frightening scenes of fury and terror, in which the orchestra, with forceful passages, plays a dazzling role.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Opera Royal de Wallonie - Galuppi: L’Inimico delle Donne (2011)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Opera Royal de Wallonie - Galuppi: L’Inimico delle Donne (2011)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Opera Royal de Wallonie - Galuppi: L’Inimico delle Donne (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 115 min | 7,59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

"L’Inimico delle Donne" which means someone who doesn’t like women, is an opera written by Galuppi in 1771. He was very well-known at this time but when he died, suddenly his works disappeared from the stages. Among them ”L’Inimico delle Donne” disappeared so well that nobody knew it existed. Hence it has never been played since its first venue in Venice in 1771. Some years ago its manuscript was found in Lisbon and Royal Opéra de Wallonie decided to recreate and to stage it.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Vivaldi: Farnace (2009)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Vivaldi: Farnace (2009)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Vivaldi: Farnace (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:29:12 | 957 Mb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Naïve | Catalog: OP30471

Farnace was apparently one of Vivaldi's favorite operas because he mounted numerous productions in various cities and wrote six versions of the score, more than of any of his other operas. The conventions of operatic vocal characterizations that came to be standard higher voices in the sympathetic roles and lower voices in villainous roles had not yet been established, and Farnace features a baritone and contralto in the heroic roles, with a soprano as the villain.

Alun Francis - Offenbach: Christopher Columbus (1992)

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Alun Francis - Offenbach: Christopher Columbus (1992)

Alun Francis - Offenbach: Christopher Columbus (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 123:52 | 572 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Opera Rara | Catalog: ORC2

Alun Francis is one of the most respected conductors on the international scene, and is particularly admired for his efforts in bringing international recognition to several great tonal symphonists active in the post-World War II years, and for other efforts on behalf of 20th century music. His "native" instrument is the French horn. He continued his studies on that instrument and took conducting while attending the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1960 to 1963.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Boreades (2004)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Boreades (2004)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Boréades (2004)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 218 min | 6,42+7,50 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais | Recorded: 2003

"It's possible to recreate everything about an eighteenth century opera except the audience,’ says director Robert Carsen in a documentary included with this DVD. ‘My work is for modern audiences.’ And how…In this brilliant production, Carsen goes to the heart of the drama…Michael Levine's stylised, bold designs allow the story to unfold with gripping clarity and, remarkably, some of the spectacular set-pieces (especially the storm in Act III) work even better on DVD than in the theatre itself. Barbara Bonney is vocally and dramatically stunning as Alphise…Conductor William Christie responds to Rameau's varied and colourful score with élan, and Édouard Lock's choreography – a version of classical ballet deconstructed and then pumped with amphetamines – is breathtaking."
– Classic fM - DVD Best Buy

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.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, European Opera Centre, Vasily Petrenko - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: I Quatro Rusteghi (2018)

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, European Opera Centre, Vasily Petrenko - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: I Quatro Rusteghi (2018)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, European Opera Centre & Vasily Petrenko - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: I Quatro Rusteghi (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 02:11:21 | 511 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Rubicon Classics

I quatro rusteghi (The Four Curmudgeons, The Four Ruffians, in Edward J. Dent's translation School for Fathers) is a comic opera in three acts, music by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari to a text by Luigi Sugana and Giuseppe Pizzolato based on Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century play I rusteghi. The opera is written in Venetian dialect, hence "quatro" instead of "quattro".

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:42:15 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Opera Rara | Catalog: ORCH104

The "100 Years of Italian Opera" series released by Opera Rara is unique in the annals of opera recordings. However, this installment is especially exciting as it documents the evolution of Italian opera during the 1820's, the decade when romanticism truly began to come into its own on the operatic stage. Opera Rara has lovingly compiled a variety of arcana written by composers famous and forgotten. Included is everything from overtures to arias, duets, ensembles, and entire scenes.

Antonino Fogliani, Fondazione Orchestra Gaetano Donizetti di Bergamo - Donizetti: Ugo, Conte di Parigi (2004)

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Antonino Fogliani, Fondazione Orchestra Gaetano Donizetti di Bergamo - Donizetti: Ugo, Conte di Parigi (2004)

Antonino Fogliani, Fondazione Orchestra Gaetano Donizetti di Bergamo - Donizetti: Ugo, Conte di Parigi (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 591 Mb | Total time: 64:42+74:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 449/1-2 | Recorded: 2003

Ugo, conte di Parigi is widely regarded as Gaetano Donizetti's most obscure opera, having closed after only four performances in 1832. Its first modern revival was not given until a concert performance held in London in 1977, on which occasion it was recorded and issued as the first in Opera Rara's survey of Donizetti's complete operatic output, garnering considerable acclaim. In more recent times the Italian label Dynamic has instituted its own Donizetti series and has now gotten around to Ugo, conte di Parigi. For its recording, Dynamic has utilized a live performance from Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo held in October 2003 and featuring exciting young Romanian soprano Doina Dimitriu.