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Brad Cohen, Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra - Carafa: I due Figaro (2009)

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Brad Cohen, Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra - Carafa: I due Figaro (2009)

Brad Cohen, Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra - Carafa: I due Figaro (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Bongiovanni | Sub: Italiano, English

Michele Carafa was a friend of Rossini’s and worked with the composer on several occasions. I Due Figaro is a sequel to The Marriage of Figaro. Fifteen years on, the now adult Cherubino returns to the palace in disguise as Figaro II to be near the Count’s daughter. And Cherubino/Figaro II will triumph over adversity and send the original Figaro packing.

VA - Verdi: Essentials (2018)

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VA - Verdi: Essentials (2018)

VA - Verdi: Essentials (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 450 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 249 Mb | 01:48:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 75:23+71:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 5 45461 2 | Recorded: 2000

One of Handel’s rarer operas, Arminio, set at the time of the Roman Empire, was first performed in 1737. “On the evidence of this very fine recording,” said Gramophone when this performance first appeared, “it can stand among the best of the Handel operas, full of beautiful and imaginative things.” Conducting a cast led by the virtuosic Vivica Genaux in the title role – composed for the castrato Domenico Annibali – is the renowned Handel specialist Alan Curtis.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 133 min | 7,36 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2010

A red hot ticket at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010/2011 was Donizetti’s comic gem, Don Pasquale, with Anna Netrebko reviving Norina, the part that made her a star in New York. Opera summed up the simple truth: “. . . everyone adored her”.

Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra della RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Franco Corelli - Giordano: Andrea Chenier (2005/1973)

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Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra della RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Franco Corelli - Giordano: Andrea Chenier (2005/1973)

Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra della RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Franco Corelli, Piero Cappuccilli - Giordano: Andrea Chénier (2005/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | 6.89 Gb (DVD9) | 110 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano

“This is something of a find – a production produced in Milan's television studios in 1973 that does more than justice to Giordano's verismo work about personal conflicts at the time of the French Revolution. It's directed, with considerable imagination, by the Czech Vaclav Kaslik, at the top of his profession in the 70s. In realistic period sets he unerringly creates the milieu of a degenerate aristocracy in Act 1 and of the raw mob-rule of the Revolution in the succeeding acts. The only drawback is the poor lip-synch. Conductor Bruno Bartoletti makes certain we're unaware of the score's weaker moments and releases all the romantic passion in Giordano's highly charged writing for his principals.

Carlo Maria Giulini & Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Les Noces de Figaro (2020)

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Carlo Maria Giulini & Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Les Noces de Figaro (2020)

Carlo Maria Giulini & Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Les Noces de Figaro (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 797 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 358 Mb | Covers included | 02:30:32
Classical, Opera | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

Tout le monde connaît Les Noces de Figaro selon Giulini ? Le studio de 1959 chez Emi peut-être, mais sûrement pas ce rare concert du 6 février 1961, joyau de poésie et de vivacité où se surpasse une distribution de rêve.

Hartmut Haenchen, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Parsifal (2017) [BDRip]

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Hartmut Haenchen, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Parsifal (2017) [BDRip]

Hartmut Haenchen, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Parsifal (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 247 min | 5,90 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / AC3 / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Right on time for the festival season, Deutsche Grammophon releases Uwe Eric Laufenberg's acclaimed production of Richard Wagner's "Parsifal". Under the direction of Hartmut Haenchen, this musical and staging masterpiece was first performed in Bayreuth on 25 July 2016 and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The great success of the premiere is due above all to the powerful-voiced protagonist ensemble: Klaus Florian Vogt as Parsifal, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, Elena Pankratova as Kundry and Ryan McKinny as Amfortas shone in their roles. This is why this production will be performed several times at this year's Bayreuth Festival.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 72:58+49:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| # ES 1020 | Recorded: 2014

Félicien David was already famous through his 'ode-symphonie' Le Désert (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. This ambitious work, later to gain him entrance to the Opéra-Comique and the Institut de France, also played a part in earning him the Légion d'Honneur. Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini).

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 894 Mb | Total time: 65:59+48:52+51:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 2 16611 2 9 | Recorded: 2008

Until it was revived in the late twentieth century, Handel's opera Faramondo was performed just eight times in London in 1738 and then fell into obscurity. According to the conventions of Italian opera of the period, men's roles were often written for women, in spite of the lack of dramatic realism, and the use of castrati was common, so higher voices strongly predominate. Handel wrote the title role, which would have gone to a castrato, usually a male alto, for Cafarelli, who had the range of a mezzo-soprano.

Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)

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Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)

Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 72:14+72:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Recording Arts | # R2CD 70-01 | Recorded: 1999

Eliogabalo (Heliogabalus) is an opera by the Italian composer Francesco Cavalli based on the life of the Roman emperor Heliogabalus. The author of the original libretto is unknown but it was probably reworked by Aurelio Aureli [it]. The opera was composed in 1667 and was intended to be premiered during the Venetian Carnival season of 1668. In fact, it was never staged and was replaced by another opera of the same name by Giovanni Antonio Boretti, perhaps because Cavalli's style was considered too old-fashioned. Eliogabalo was first performed in 1999, in Crema, Italy.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 711 Mb | Total time: 71:53+77:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 3 65483 2 | Recorded: 2006

Fernando is the abandoned first draft of Handel’s opera Sosarme (performed at the King’s Theatre in February 1732)… Curtis’s pacing and shaping of Handel’s music is consistently subtle, astutely rhetorical and firmly connected to the libretto text. Although it might be possible to explore firmer muscularity and create a more vivid sense of surprise in the quicker music, there is something to be said for Curtis’s shrewd reservation of such effects for when it is truly vital for the drama. For instance, Marianna Pizzolato’s powerful arias “Vado al campo” and “Cuor di madre e cuor di moglie” are potently delivered moments of severe agitated passion that are all the more effective for the sweeter elegance that pervades much of this lovely score.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 69:45+62:45+48:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 45669 2 | Recorded: 2002

Written in 1740, Deidamia was the last of Handel’s Italian operas; thereafter he relinquished the form and turned his creative energies to English oratorio. The libretto is based on the myth of Achilles’ boyhood: disguised as a girl on the island of Scyros to escape his fate at Troy, Achilles is unmasked by Ulysses and joins the war, abandoning his lover Deidamia. Despite its heroic subject Deidamia is written with a light, almost comic touch, Deidamia herself providing a central seriousness as she moves from the ecstasies of young love to a tragic maturity, forced to release the boy she loves to his inevitable death. Simone Kermes is Deidamia and Anna Bonitatibus her cynical adversary Ulysses; Alan Curtis’ new recording reveals the many beauties of a very human and appealing work that marks a wistful end to the golden age of Baroque opera.

Josep Pons, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers - Granados: Goyescas (2019)

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Josep Pons, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers - Granados: Goyescas (2019)

Josep Pons, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers - Granados: Goyescas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 59:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902609 | Recorded: 2018

Enrique Granados' famous opera 'Goyescas', first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1916, derives from the piano suite premiered in Paris two years previously. At the head of a BBCSO in top form and a handpicked cast, Josep Pons clearly much enjoyed conducting this sparkling new production in London. Many scenes in the opera draw their inspiration directly from paintings by Goya, which listeners will also have the pleasure of discovering in the booklet of this rare and precious album.

Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)

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Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)

Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 743 Mb | Total time: 70:52+49:56+47:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni ‎| # GB2464/66 | Recorded: 2011

Cavalli/Stradella's "Il Novello Giasone" was revived for the Valle d'Itria Festival in 2011 and provides us with an illuminating example of the workings of Italian baroque opera on the cusp between the first and second generation of the great composers in the genre during the mid 17th century.

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

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Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 61:56+69:58+44:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC33 | Recorded: 2005

Donizetti considered Dom Sébastien, Roi de Portugal (1843), his final completed opera written for the Paris Opéra, to be his masterpiece. In spite of its relative obscurity, on the basis of this recording, one is inclined to agree with him. The opera has several attributes that in the past have proved to be obstacles to its popularity. The first is its length – it's in five substantial acts and lasts three hours, but that's not so onerous for contemporary audiences accustomed to Wagner and Strauss. Besides, the composer created an abbreviated version for Viennese audiences, who at that time wanted to be out of the theater by 10 p.m., and that version could be used if necessary.