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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 172 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

James Levine's conducting of this work is magnificent. You can just see the passion that he brings forth for this opera. He is paired with a very talented group of singers in the principal roles. Both Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras are doing a brilliant job with both their singing and acting. They both have a stage presence that very few can beat. Agnes Baltsa possesses a crystal clear voice, but she can also belt if that's what it takes to make the final outcome more believable. José Carreras' voice contains so much beauty; it's full of emotions, sensual and with that irresistible hint of honey. Like Baltsa he can also sacrifize beauty to enhance his performance.

Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)

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Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)

Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 929 Mb | Total time: 167:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 420 130-2 | Recorded: 1968

Mozart’s “Idomeneo” is a lyrical tragedy and is considered Mozart’s greatest choral opera. It is composed in the baroque tradition of the opera seria; however, Mozart excels at giving it new traits and forms. He also exerted his influence on the dramaturgy, shortened parts to increase their effect, increased the suspense with a dense use of instruments and wrote the marvellous ballet music.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This staging of Nabucco, the first since 1960 at the MET, featuring the Russian soprano Maria Guleghina was given in the centenary year of Verdi’s death. The production by MET regular Elijah Moshinsky and the sheer power of Verdi’s score drives this opera and brings the drama and its characters to life. James Levine leads the MET Orchestra and the cast is rounded out by two familiar Verdi specialists Juan Pons and Samuel Ramey.

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

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Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 75:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMX2907205 | Recorded: 1997

The circumstances under which Mozart started to write uncompleted Singspiel Zaïde, some time in 1779 or 1780 in Salzburg, are not clear. It may have been in an effort to get a hearing at the new German Theater in Vienna, but by 1781 he realized that a serious opera of this kind was not suitable, given the Viennese preference for comedy. He then abandoned the project, and it was not staged until 1866 in an adaptation by Gollmick, with an Overture and closing section by Johann Anton Andrè. Further adaptations followed, but the version presented here consists only of the music Mozart wrote, adding up to about 80 percent of what the completed opera might have contained.

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 241:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 205-2 | Recorded: 2018

The Boston Early Music Festival has recorded George Frideric Handel’s very first opera, Almira, Queen of Castile, with a superlatively sumptuous ensemble. For its previous recordings of Baroque operas this successful ensemble has won prizes such as the Grammy, the German Record Critics Annual Prize, and the Echo Klassik. The Hungarian soprano Emõke Baráth sings the role of Almira with a choice ensemble of singers, all of whom have performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls and opera houses. Handel’s Almira is based on a freely invented plot featuring fine entertainment in the form of love and marriage schemes among the nobility, infidelity and mistaken identities, and a happy ending brought about by a court servant’s negotiations. This work was presented at the Hamburg Opera House in 1705 about twenty times and with great success.

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)

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Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 66:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | DSL-92159 | Recorded: 2011

Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston offers world-class performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. This CD follows their previous release on Sono Luminus, Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra (DSL92115) which was hailed by Early Music America as “a thrilling performance that glows in its quieter moments and sparkles with vitality,” and was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera 2011.

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

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Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 68:16+55:42+74:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 9029558343 | Recorded: 2017

World premiere recording of Anton Rubinstein monumental opera 'Moses'. The recordings were made by Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under Michail Jurowski together with Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Artos Children’s Choir and a tremendous cast (staring Stanisław Kuflyuk (Moses), Torsten Kerl (Pharaoh, king of Egypt), Evelina Dobračeva (Asnath, Pharaon‘s daughter) and Małgorzata Walewska (Johebet, Moses’ mother)). The libretto was originally written in German and this recording maintains this language version.

Sebastian Weigle, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Richrd Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2017) [BDRip]

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Sebastian Weigle, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Richrd Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2017) [BDRip]

Sebastian Weigle, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 202 min | 10,9 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Decca Classics and The Metropolitan Opera present Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, featuring a star-studded cast including Renée Fleming and Elīna Garanča. This is Renée Fleming’s last ever performance of the Marschallin, one of her signature roles, as performed at the Metropolitan Opera following a run at London’s Royal Opera House earlier this year. This new and notable production sees Robert Carsen update the setting to Vienna in 1911, the year of the opera’s premiere.

Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice - 1859 Berlioz Revision (1993)

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Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice - 1859 Berlioz Revision (1993)

Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice - 1859 Berlioz Revision (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 44:21+53:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Forlane | UCD 16720/21 | Recorded: 1992

The most striking feature of this disc is the casting of Ewa Podles as Orphée. A Polish contralto with a tessitura that comfortably spans three octaves, she has a voice that is resonant and rich in its low notes but rises easily to tackle coloratura – a combination which she uses to dazzling effect on ‘Amour viens rende à mon âme’, the last, show-stopping aria of Act I. But its remarkable versatility apart, Podles’s distinctive sound is something of a curiosity – dark, slightly guttural and peculiarly tubular. The comprimarios, Raphaëlle Farman as Eurydice and Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ as Amour, produce a clean, attractive sound. Sung in French, this recording uses Berlioz’s 1859 revision.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.43 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Olga Borodina sings the role of Dalila here too; her tone in the famous aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix is quite ravishing, and she is matched by an heroic performance from Plácido Domingo as Samson. James Levine has an expert grasp of the drama in this 1998 Elijah Moshinsky production from the Metropolitan Opera. There's also some luxury casting in the form of Sergei Leiferkus as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon and René Pape as Le Vieillard Hébreu. (James Longstaffe)

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)

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Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 498 Mb | Total time: 75:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroney | AMY046 | Recorded: 2015

Vaste opéra-ballet composé à quatre mains par A. C. Destouches et M.-R Delalande, les Éléments se déchaînent sous les archets de l'ensemble Les Surprises. Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas en a concocté une version « de salon » regroupant les plus beaux extraits de ce chef-d'œuvre inédit au disque.

Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)

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Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)

Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:16:16| 579 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 692-2

This is the Verdi opera that separates the casual admirer from the dyed-in-the-wool devotee. Once you put on this recording and listen half way through, you will feel that you have died and gone to Verdi Heaven, and you know what - for all intents and purposes, you have! A strong, strong story…a score that gets better by the minute…a cast and conductor to die for…it is truly a Masterpiece. This is It! This is Opera! Unfortunately, none of us in our lifetime will ever see on stage a company like this one. Cappuccilli, Mirella Freni, Ghiaurov, Jose Carreras…van Dam, Foiani, Savastano conducted by Claudio Abbado. Simply Awesome!

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

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Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

Frédéric Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.17 + 4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 159 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is a great, unfinished masterpiece. In 1880 Hoffenbach’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. Les Contes d’Hoffmann had already been programmed for the 1880/81 season of the Opéra-Comique but Offenbach was having a hard time finishing it and worked only in the moments of respite from his illness. he died on October 5th, leaving the opera incomplete (we still do not know to what extent). And so Ernest Guiraud, a ”specialist” who had already transformed into recitatives the spoken parts of Bizet’s Carmen, was called to finish the task. The opera was first staged at the Opéra-Comique on 10th February 1881 and met with great success. Soon it was being performed in the most important theatres of the world. Our edition has an Italian cast of exceptional quality, in which stand out the amazing voice of Desirée Rancatore, the extraordinary artistry of Ruggiero Raimondi and the fascinating direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi.Pizzi, one of today’s most creative directors.

Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)

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Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)

Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 594 Mb | Total time: 134:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 88697576312 | Recorded: 1973

This two-CD album brings together the two earliest recordings by La Petite Bande. They were made in 1973 and feature landmarks in two important French forms of entertainment—comedie-ballet and opera-ballet. Performed in 1670 at Chambord, one of Louis XIV's grandest country retreats, Le bourgeois gentilhomme was the high water mark of Lully's collaboration with Moliere and was to be the last work of its kind on which the two worked together. Moliere developed the comedie-ballet from the fashionable court ballets, working the dances and music into the body of the play with unparalleled skill. Lully, himself a dancer, proved a gifted partner as the music for Le bourgeois gentilhomme reveals.