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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 135 min | 7,59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais | Recorded: 1982

The renowned orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who headed up the world famous Berlin Philharmonic between 1956 and 1989, is filmed conducting a 1982 performance of Verdi's wonderful FALSTAFF. Filmed at Salzburg's Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the performance features strong performances from stars Giuseppe Taddei, Janet Perry, and Christa Ludwig.

Zubin Mehta, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana - Beethoven: Fidelio (2009)

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Zubin Mehta, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana - Beethoven: Fidelio (2009)

Zubin Mehta, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana - Beethoven: Fidelio (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 148 min | 7,89 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Medici Arts | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2006

Thunderous applause and loud cries of “bravo” greeted the première of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the inaugural performance of the first opera season in Valencia’s new Palau de les Arts. With this spectacular production directed by Pierluigi Pier’Alli, Valencia has put itself back on the map of the international opera world. Dominating the activity on stage are two of today’s most distinguished German singers, Waltraud Meier (Leonore) and Peter Seiffert (Florestan), who have left their mark above all on the Wagner interpretation of our time. And the great Finnish bass Matti Salminen stamped his forceful character on his role as the jailer Rocco.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 661 Mb | Total time: 140:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7514 | Recorded: 1970

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera The Elixir of Love receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant.

Catherine Bott, Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: The Rival Queens - Opera Arias and Duets (1997)

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Catherine Bott, Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: The Rival Queens - Opera Arias and Duets (1997)

Catherine Bott, Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: The Rival Queens - Opera Arias and Duets (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 76:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66950 | Recorded: 1997

The title is irresistible, and the compilation is clever. This disc includes duets and arias from the five operas - Alessandro, Admeto, RiccardoPrimo, Siroe and Tolomeo - that Handel wrote for the last three seasons of his opera company, the Royal Academy of Music, from 1726 until 1729. It was a time when those real-life rival queens (they were known by that label), the sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni, trod the boards in the King's Theatre, Haymarket. It is by no means all jealous fury either. As one would expect of a composer of such subtle insight into character, there are other carefully nuanced emotions in this music.

Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures Vol.2 (2000)

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Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures Vol.2 (2000)

Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures Vol.2 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 70:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66860 | Recorded: 1999

Yes indeed, the Divine Miss Em has still got it. It was the late 1970s when Emma Kirkby first became the leading diva of the early-music revival. More than 20 years on, as this disc of mostly lesser-known Handel treats demonstrates–a follow-up to volume I–Kirkby remains a spectacular Handel singer. The pure tone, control over vibrato, astonishing agility, and immaculate delivery that made her world famous are all still in place; if anything, two decades of experience have made her even more brave and imaginative in the way she embellishes a da capo aria. It must be said that Kirkby also retains a somewhat restricted palette of vocal color. As Ted Perry of Hyperion Records has put it, "She sounds like a nice person, and she is."

Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

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Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opéra pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 504 Mb | Total time: 47:51+43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924002 | Recorded: 2016

For approaching a century and a half in France – across the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI – the Palace of Versailles played host, both indoors and outdoors, for an extraordinary sequence of dramatic musical performances. Un Opéra pour trois rois, conducted by György Vashegyi, represents the legacy of that time, a specially constructed operatic entertainment drawn from works by composers from Lully to Gluck, commissioned – and even, on occasion, performed – by kings, their queens and inamoratas.

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)

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Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 458 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 236 Mb | 01:42:47
Classical, Opera | Label: Bru Zane

Offenbach’s La Périchole (1868) will never cease to delights music lovers of all persuasions. Marc Minkowski – long one of the composer’s prophets – was keen to pay tribute to him with this world premiere recording on period instruments, in the company of the young school of French singers, including the bewitching Aude Extrémo, the dashing Stanislas de Barbeyrac and the hilarious Alexandre Duhamel. Combining fashionable rhythms with the most unexpected touches of folklore, the score is a veritable flood of hit numbers. How can one not be swept away by the insolence of the Seguidilla, the frenzy of the Bolero or the furious rhythm of the Prison Trio? Never before, perhaps, had Offenbach gone so far in caricaturing political leaders – nor used drunkenness to resolve the imbroglio of inextricable sentimental relationships. And indeed, the ‘Tipsy Arietta’ is one of the composer's best-known numbers. Cheers!

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Purcell: Fairy Queen (1998)

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Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Purcell: Fairy Queen (1998)

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Purcell: Fairy Queen (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 642 Mb | Total time: 64:33+65:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901257.58 | Recorded: 1972

On the strength of the immense success of Dido & Aeneas and King Arthur, in 1692 Purcell went on to produce The Fairy Queen, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer-Night’s Dream. The work is, in fact, a ‘semi-opera’, or ‘opera with dialogue’, in which only some of the crucial scenes are provided with music. But this version of A Midsummer-Night’s Dream by the ‘Orpheus Britannicus’ became almost as famous as the play that inspired it, with its love scenes, its supernatural scenes and its innate sense of musical humour investing it with an irresistible savour and enchantment.

Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)

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Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)

Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 665 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 323 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:19:48
Classical, Opera | Label: Oehms Classics

The link between Weber and Wagner, Marschner's Hans Heiling, was staged in the Aalto Music Theatre in February 2018. The production by Andreas Baesler received a mixed reaction, but the music was unanimously lauded by critics, above all the performance of Essen Philharmonic under the baton of Frank Beermann. The German Romantic opera in 3 acts is the composer's most successful opera, and brought the composer a considerable reputation. The story is based on a folk legend, and the opera's libretto was written by Eduard Devrient, who also sang the title role at the premiere at what is now the Berlin State Opera. In this production, Heiko Trinsinger performs the title role.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Orlando furioso (2018) [BDRip]

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Orlando furioso (2018) [BDRip]

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Orlando furioso (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 161 min | 7,75 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso was chosen to open the 43rd Festival della Valle d’Itria. This baroque opera is a true feast for the senses, with peaks of sheer poetry and a sense of wonder. Director Fabio Ceresa was clearly inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, both for the setting and the costumes. Conductor and Continuo Diego Fasolis leads the excellent Barocchisti ensemble with an elegant touch, and an unfailing ability to fully convey the music’s nuanced coloratura.

Maria Callas - Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949 - 1969): Box Set 70CDs (2014) Re-up

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Maria Callas - Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949 - 1969): Box Set 70CDs (2014) Re-up

Maria Callas - Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949 - 1969): Box Set 70CDs (2014)
Classical, Opera & Vocal | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 9,77 Gb
Label: Warner Classics | Release Year: 2014

This is a deluxe box set including: Each individual item (complete opera or recital CD) presented in its original artwork, 136 pages hard-back book containing essays, a biography and chronology, rarely-seen photos and also reproductions of revealing correspondence between Maria Callas, Walter Legge and other EMI executives.

Maria Callas – The Live Recitals: Box Set 10CDs (2012) Re-up

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Maria Callas – The Live Recitals: Box Set 10CDs (2012) Re-up

Maria Callas – The Live Recitals: Box Set 10CDs (2012)
Classical, Opera, Vocal | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1,60 Gb | Artwork 263 Mb
Label: Warner Classics | Release Year: 2012

MARIA CALLAS is regarded as one of the greatest divas of all time, whose recordings are standards by which all subsequent performances are judged. The 10-CDs of Live Recordings capture her on some of the greatest nights of her career and contain an interview by American Opera commentator Edward Downes. This recital performance are an invaluable addition to Callas s recorded legacy and show yet another side of this unique diva, whose vocal achievements stand unrivalled today and probably for all time. The eye-catching clamshell box are a collectors delight.

William Christie, Orchestra "La Scintilla" of the Zurich Opera House - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (2016/2001) [BDRip]

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William Christie, Orchestra "La Scintilla" of the Zurich Opera House - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (2016/2001) [BDRip]

William Christie, Orchestra "La Scintilla" of the Zurich Opera House - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (2016/2001) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 108 min | 5,26 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | ArtHaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Gluck‘s wonderful but neglected 1774 opera Iphigénie en Tauride, inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Klaus Guth‘s revolutionary production staged at the Zurich Opera House. The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underlined by Guth‘s use of huge masks and enclosed spaces. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck’s score, while the Armenian mezzosoprano Juliette Galstian as a fabulously good Iphigénie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the deceased South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

Il Gardellino & Peter van Heyghen - Mysliveček: Adamo ed Eva (2019)

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Il Gardellino & Peter van Heyghen - Mysliveček: Adamo ed Eva (2019)

Il Gardellino & Peter van Heyghen - Mysliveček: Adamo ed Eva (2019)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 631 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 311 Mb | Scans included | 02:04:26
Classical, Opera | Label: Passacaille

“Full of fire, spirit and life.” is how Mozart described this work of his contemporary, presented here for the first time on this new 2CD set. Mozart’s positive verdict on Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781) was intended to make the listener aware, for the fact that the extremely critical Salzburg composer expresses himself positively about a colleague is an absolute exception.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 778 Mb | Total time: 52:30+42:11+73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 0289 475 7918 2 | Recorded: 1966

This 1966 recording, billed as the first complete Semiramide on disc, with Joan Sutherland singing Semiramide and Marilyn Horne singing the trouser role Arsace, has long been considered the standard by which all other Semiramide's are measured. Although subsequently there have been more complete recordings, this remains among the best recorded performance and is a recommendation for every opera collection.